Examining the proposal to loosen Georgia’s hands-free law

Emily Parkin

But he stressed his belief in the nature of the current law and the other distractions it forbids. “I want to keep our current distracted driving laws in place,” Ginn said. “I don’t want you going down the road holding your phone.” Ginn likens distracted driving to drunk driving, as many safety advocates do.

One such safety advocate, state Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta), the lead sponsor of the hands-free bill, has not commented when asked multiple times about Ginn’s amendment. GDOT also will not comment, though the agency campaigns very actively against distracted driving.

In 2018, Ginn helped negotiate the first time-offender loophole in that bill, which allows people to escape penalty if they show a judge a signed affidavit that they have an appropriate hands-free device. Carson unsuccessfully proposed ending that loophole in 2021.

Ginn, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and is well-connected in the public safety-law enforcement arena, said he has heard from people who got tickets from undercover officers at traffic lights. Those offenders thought those tickets were cheap shots, similar to driving five over the speed limit in a well-known speed trap. “I just don’t want to make criminals out of our hard working citizens when they’re not endangering somebody.”

He also has heard from officers in rural areas who don’t want to write these tickets because judges there know the families and throw out those small charges.

Ginn compared these offenses to slowing down and rolling through a stop sign when an intersection is empty. A driver in that case would have shown caution. They obeyed the nature of the law.

“One of the great things we give with our law enforcement is discretion,” says Ginn, whose amendment has gone to the State Senate’s Public Safety Committee, where it received its first hearing Feb 3.

Safety advocates oppose change

Mike Lutzenkirchen heads the Lutzie43 Foundation, which campaigns against drunk and distracted driving. Mike’s son, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, a standout Auburn football player from Cobb County, got thrown from a vehicle in a 2014 crash not long after his playing career ended. The driver and all passengers had been drinking and the driver was speeding. Phillip wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and the crash killed the 23 year-old instantly.

“The ‘hands-free’ bill or law was established to change behavior that has led to thousands of crashes, injuries and fatalities,” Lutzenkirchen explained. “[Senate Bill 356] reduces the seriousness of [the law] being ‘hands-free.’”

Lutzenkirchen said that a car stopped, but still in drive, is more dangerous than its being parked.

Jenny Harty echoes that sentiment. She works as community relations director for Montlick and Associates’ iRideSafe driver and child safety program, after a bad crash nearly killed her daughter, Madison. After that, Harty campaigned to toughen the state’s car seat rules, eventually getting “Madison’s Booster Seat Law” enacted in 2004. Harty’s help was also instrumental in the Hands-Free Georgia Act.

“The question to me is why would we choose to backtrack on a law to accommodate people that are breaking it?” Harty said, noting that the law was key in driving down Georgia driving fatalities in the two years before the pandemic.

Harty also drew on a 2013 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study that found the human brain needs 27 seconds to recover from the distraction of even using legal speech-to-text features. Certainly, Harty said, if a stopped driver holds their phone and checks texts and directions or scrolls social media, their brain isn’t going to be over the distraction when traffic moves. Even a half-distraction can cause a wreck. There also is the annoying instance of a distracted driver keeping traffic stopped at a green light.

Influenced by criticism like this, Ginn has changed the amendment to only allow drivers to hold phones while at a traffic control device and not simply while a car is stopped.

Harty, Lutzenkirchen and Ginn all agree that people often ignore the current law. Ginn thinks that is a sign to better focus the intent of the law. But Lutzenkirchen was gravely direct: Would any lawmaker that lost someone close to them in a crash caused by bad driving behavior want to liberalize safe driving laws?

One side that fights for laws like this thinks this law should be tougher. Meanwhile, Ginn and his camp want to stop punishing what they see as common sense behavior.

S.B. 356 may only ever be a discussion point and, as of early on Friday, February 4th, hasn’t left the committee. But the fact that a coalition of 12 Republicans and five Democrats agreed on it could be a harbinger of its success under the Gold Dome.

Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

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She works as community relations director for Montlick and Associates’ iRideSafe driver and child safety program, after a bad crash nearly killed her daughter, Madison. After that, Harty campaigned to toughen the state’s car seat rules, eventually getting “Madison’s Booster Seat Law” enacted in 2004. 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But Lutzenkirchen was gravely direct: Would any lawmaker that lost someone close to them in a crash caused by bad driving behavior want to liberalize safe driving laws?"},{"_id":"ORYKTP4DCJE35KD5XHOL2XGSFA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643990832613},"type":"text","content":"One side that fights for laws like this thinks this law should be tougher. Meanwhile, Ginn and his camp want to stop punishing what they see as common sense behavior."},{"_id":"UAIHYKFQX5GHNLQARNJFESU5UQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643990832614},"type":"text","content":"S.B. 356 may only ever be a discussion point and, as of early on Friday, February 4th, hasn’t left the committee. 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So, weather aside, the Virginia debacle serves as a great reminder to keep emergency kits in our vehicles."},{"_id":"RYIJZCOKTZDK7OIXRVAP6WIED4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641477676215},"type":"text","content":"Founding Gridlock Guy Mark Arum made a thorough list after Snowmageddon 2014 and updated it multiple times. I lean on this annually. Arum includes non-perishable food, blankets, water, winter clothing, an ice scraper, personal hygiene items (especially toilet paper and hand sanitizer), cash, a book or game or puzzle, matches or a lighter in a waterproof container and prescription meds on his emergency list. Phone chargers and first aid items should also be in this vital pack. Arum and I also recommend not venturing out on low fuel, especially when traveling in bad weather. This sounds like overkill, but testimony from Virginia drivers might change that sentiment."},{"_id":"BG3HDNEYCVESTES32UDRNRZ5KM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641477676216},"type":"text","content":"The I-95 closure stranded some drivers for nearly 48 hours. One told WTOP they were en route to Boston to take their father to surgery. Another thought they might miss their father’s funeral. Some had children with them. Virginia Senator and former VP candidate Tim Kaine got stuck for hours trying to get back to Washington. NBC News’ Josh Lederman published an illuminating Twitter play-by-play of his stranded experience, which included melting snow to give his dog water."},{"_id":"A23QXY47OVD2XJISAZJPZS5HHU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641477676217},"type":"text","content":"Lederman’s narrative breeds great advice: Remember pet passengers and have food and water for them set aside for emergency traffic shutdowns."},{"_id":"YXLWM2SKAFGRXPYY2LUFTENKJE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641477676218},"type":"text","content":"The best preparation for any commute is simply checking conditions before leaving on a trip. Although traffic and weather can change quickly, there were inevitably people in Virginia who drove right into that I-95 closure and could have detoured off miles before or even postponed their trips. Atlantans should download my team’s WSB Triple Team Traffic Alerts App and tune in for live updates around the clock on 95.5 WSB and mornings on Channel 2 Action News. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does a good job summarizing weather forecasts and potential traffic problems each day, too, on AJC.com."},{"_id":"UBTZWY4XOZAUVBIH6BZPDYXWAA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641477676219},"type":"text","content":"Georgia had a taste of winter weather early last week, but there were no terrible traffic catastrophes, thankfully. With the infamous Snowmageddon anniversary on the horizon and Virginia’s disaster top of mind, now is the time to make that emergency kit for the car and get into the mode of rescheduling unnecessary trips when bad weather is in the cards. Before any trip, we need to gear ourselves toward preparedness — both with materials and information."},{"_id":"37RXCAHNEFCSLPSDCQUMY3ESPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":"BIXXNQI43VBL3N4UN4GFHN7Y4I"},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. 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But I wanted to try a different exercise for 2022 and cast a net on my social media channels to see what commuting goals people made for the New Year."},{"_id":"3UD5DGCNLRE7FFXPILWTFZEANE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693429},"type":"text","content":"There is one caveat: People could not make goals for other people. These had to be goals one could control about their own way of getting around. These were not wish list items they hoped other drivers or the government would accomplish."},{"_id":"RKIU4ZYQR5GDJDVDFSSGGRJ4LU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693430},"type":"text","content":"My wife, Momo, understood the question the best, and answered with a simple mea culpa: “More distance to the car in front of me.”"},{"_id":"F6MDQBLTIVGJDGSAD7WOV5RJOY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693431},"type":"text","content":"Great goal. Easily attainable, too. Most drivers should take a look in the mirror (rear or side-view) and consider whether they leave enough room or, more broadly, practice enough patience behind the wheel. Room to breathe leaves room to stop and room to react.The majority of the several responses to my traveling query involved less traveling:"},{"list_type":"unordered","_id":"UROTWKZKOVAS5LITIV2G2QY7MA","type":"list","items":[{"_id":"QVHH32KMKFCIPJB74F4TIBOULM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"@rbrianc wrote on Twitter, “To keep commuting up the stairs to my home office.”
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"},{"_id":"OTFW5GE3PNFDXD754VE3MSQK5E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"Reg Griffin, a former 95.5 WSB news and traffic reporter chimed in with more specificity on Facebook.”Whenever we return to the office, shifting my in-office schedule to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, while working from home on Mondays and Fridays. Less gas, less stress, freeing up some pavement.”"}]},{"_id":"MLIXEVL2VBHW3DM5PQHVGYMJ3E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693438},"type":"text","content":"Telecommuting and flex-scheduling are great ways to ease the road load and improve air quality. And, as many have learned since the deadly pandemic roared to life in early 2020, the convenience of working at home really improves the quality of life."},{"_id":"IG4BTYLEXNBOBAT4Q4MRQEH4W4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693439},"type":"text","content":"Flex-scheduling has some of the same benefits, while also breaking up the monotony of sitting in the home office for days on end. Appearing in the office once or twice a week also allows the intrinsic empathy of in-person interactions again. People should not undervalue watercooler talk."},{"_id":"2A7ZTSLYUNHVVEAURWWW6KUPRE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693440},"type":"text","content":"But many employees cannot fully control whether or not they telecommute. Employers might mandate workers returning to the office. Bad home Wi-Fi could also send people back into the workplace. However, aiming for a largely virtual job experience carries too many benefits to ignore and is very attainable, given the spread of COVID-19 these days."},{"_id":"QAB6FA6FHNBPNFE3MD7EY75Q2E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693441},"type":"text","content":"One person offered to stay on a healthy course in 2022."},{"_id":"FO5YAD6TCJBNHGJSBMJGQVZJO4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640901927750},"type":"text","content":"“I’ll keep walking and riding @MARTAservice like I have been for the past five years!” @GTLaxbro34 offered on Twitter."},{"_id":"VOAQJRPDWFDV3A6KQG2RDRE4VI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693442},"type":"text","content":"Thinking outside of the “driving box” is what makes population growth sustainable in this city. There just aren’t places to keep adding lanes, and then buildings and then more lanes. Using the non-vehicle approach to commuting — whether virtual, on foot, on two wheels or on public transit — is a great way to kill the gridlock beast with paper cuts. All approaches are needed."},{"_id":"SEPUDVO3BRAZTBMTTLMVGJSNZE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693443},"type":"text","content":"And MARTA really needs higher ridership to become more viable."},{"_id":"R4TYEORBNZBD7J6HJAAGOBQUEE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693444},"type":"text","content":"Also, no matter the commuting mode, people are going to keep ordering and buying things and the trucks need the roads to get those goods to stores and warehouses. The supply shortage may curb commerce in the short term, but demand is not decreasing and the transportation industry needs the space on the roads to move the products."},{"_id":"JVJZQ6VV3BA3BFB5N7QERUKVEE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693445},"type":"text","content":"As for my resolution, I want to continue to try and drive less distracted, to walk and take MARTA when those options make sense and, like Momo, be more patient. But here is a specific one that I really dug into over Thanksgiving: I want to get better gas mileage."},{"_id":"4R6N6TYX2ZHG7GD3ZTOGPNXKUU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693446},"type":"text","content":"Driving slower and less abruptly are the main techniques I need to use with my current vehicle. And practicing my other ongoing goals will play into the mileage milestone."},{"_id":"CHJI3RMOLJCGTGUHEGMS5JXT7Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640900693447},"type":"text","content":"Around this time in 2021, a reckless driver plowed over and killed Sergeant Daniel Mobley on the Downtown Connector on a Saturday morning. That was a horrible way to start a dismal year of driving safety in Georgia. Deploying all of the above goals of leaving more space between cars, working virtually, flex-scheduling, walking and riding MARTA and being more patient and less aggressive all help decrease the chances of our being a part of the same kind of tragedy that befell Sgt. Mobley."},{"_id":"37RXCAHNEFCSLPSDCQUMY3ESPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":"BIXXNQI43VBL3N4UN4GFHN7Y4I"},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. 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As we all gear up for 2022 and bask in the euphoria of Christmas gifts, here are some more answers and insights."},{"_id":"KKBCHLCSTZAFBHD5MZI2ADND4Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"As always, questions have been edited for clarity and length."},{"_id":"F7CUYTBXPNE4BGUSADGITGYI2A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The southbound Grady curve has been a problem forever it seems. The issue is people getting on I-75/85, while others are getting over for I-20. Once I get past that spot, the traffic clears up. During the Olympics, the on-ramp from right there beside Grady was closed for security and guess what, there was no southbound slowdown. If the city/state wanted to help traffic, they would find a new way for folks to get on I-75/85 and I-20 that doesn’t interact so much."},{"_id":"FUZWFOOWARHK5KZCFKVMN2S5BY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Mike B."},{"_id":"N6UAMHFXMRGWZLFNLYWACKCRMY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The worst parts of most Metro Atlanta interstates are where they meet other ones. I-285/eastbound in DeKalb is jammed in the right lanes on that slow transition to I-85/northbound. I-75/southbound interacts horribly with I-285 in Cobb. I-75 and I-285 go together like spaghetti and tuna fish in Clayton. I-20 and I-285 are bad mates on both sides of town. Oh... and did I mention GA-400 and I-285 (which is getting rebuilt)? And how I-20 gets jammed ramping to the slow I-75/85 ramps in drive times?"},{"_id":"WUWDT2GLKBHXLFV7D3JUEALSBY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Yeah... all of them stink. But there is something just as insidious and somehow even more annoying about I-75/85/southbound’s ramps to I-20."},{"_id":"JKED572VZRCAXHBMOY2OIWUE2I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"DOT added pavement shields a few years ago in an inexpensive attempt to get traffic to commit early to those ramps and to free up the left lanes. But that has done very little, if anything, to mitigate the problem."},{"_id":"YJQRSESWXFFJ7NF7I67EYHUWAA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I am not sure what a redesign would look like. A bunch of traffic just wants to get in the same place. And unlike the GA-400/I-285 interchange, which is being rebuilt with a bunch of CD ramps that will force people to commit to exits earlier, I don’t think there is the real estate to do that in Downtown Atlanta."},{"_id":"65FRHYNKHREUTGHKOP43E7B36Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"GDOT told me that they are always looking at making improvements, but they do not have any imminent solution in that spot."},{"_id":"TFXFQPSIJJDGHDPXEZDPM54STM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I live up In Peachtree Corners. But before that time, I was ITP and even then asked myself the same question: When will GDOT recognize the single-lane PIB exit heading north off I-285 is inefficient and flat out dangerous given aggressive drivers behavior?"},{"_id":"KJ4HNEJODBDATIKZSWFUSW4PII","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Are there any plans to address this before I kick the bucket?! Lol."},{"_id":"3RURHYORDVHWFFMIPP4BT5EQTM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Mike D."},{"_id":"JSK7AWOMX5CH7HKCWIWVKHZ2AI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"GDOT actually does have plans in this busy Doraville juncture and they are attached to much larger ones."},{"_id":"QDJOSHPFOFBERIZC5B2P4JDHBI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The state will begin work in Q2 of 2022, combining the I-285/westbound (Outer Loop) ramps to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard (Exit 31). They are separate now. They also are adjusting the angle of the ramp to PIB/northbound. All of this is in an effort to cause less jams on I-285 there."},{"_id":"HHDFJW5UDNGP5KPS5P7SQEOECY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I would suggest Braves and Cobb County might want to meet with UGA and Athens Clarke County."},{"_id":"F44FU5YFRFEDBB32JZHFYK7IVM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Six times each year they manage over 90,000 plus in attendance at Sanford Stadium/Dooley Field. I won’t say there haven’t been a few games over the years when we’ve been gridlocked for a short time but not many. And in Athens, you have the same atmosphere [as The Battery Atlanta] with bars and restaurants spread across Downtown Athens right next to campus as well as huge areas with tailgaters. There are thousands in town on gameday who don’t have a ticket to the game."},{"_id":"OKSLHIMOJFBKJNOK7XWDRDDNSU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Brenda K."},{"_id":"6CLVT4GDX5HYTDTK2AWJXJVP5I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Atlanta Braves officials never responded to my queries about their role in the jammed traffic leaving the big 2021 MLB playoff games. But Brenda makes a great point: How does Athens do this better?"},{"_id":"3H7DCQRFWZEIBJOJ6TDSJGRQVI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"One reason could be because there are a lot more regular attendees to Sanford Stadium than there were to the Truist Park World Series games. Familiar drivers decrease delays. Or maybe more people hang around after games in Athens than hang around The Battery. But there likely are some lessons that officials in Athens-Clarke County and with the Georgia Bulldogs could teach Cobb County and the Braves."},{"_id":"HAJ5LKZVMFCTHC2LSJAQMGKI6U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"There was mention of cars automatically turning on lights when you turn on the wipers. My 2004 Chrysler Pacifica has a setting which performs this function and it turns on both headlights and taillights. I know there may not be similar settings in all cars but if a 2004 had it, it would pay to check your owner’s manual for a similar setting."},{"_id":"HYZUJIVQ7JDG3E5VM2VLVHLZVI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Ken B."},{"_id":"OSR2Q4T2EJBEVKAI47FJWCHA3Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"After reading the recent Halloween Q&A column, Ken and other readers also helpfully chimed in similarly. Others noted that their various 2018 SUVs have headlight-activation tied in with the use of their windshield wipers. I’m either envious or just ignorant at the intelligence of my own cars. Thankfully, the auto industry beat this great"},{"_id":"RPN32SDLDJBVHMKFUVJI7LSMBM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Every week, I see drivers pulled over in center turn lanes or side turn lanes looking at their phones. Occasionally, they will have hazards on (even though they aren’t in distress), but usually they are just sitting there, in their car, using their cell phone. Is this legal? We have the hands-free law in Georgia, but I don’t think it was intended for people to use turn lanes as phone lanes! In my mind, I see this as a hazard as I think they could easily be hit or just cause problems for people who need to use those lanes to, well, TURN. I have seen cars pulled over in front of a parking lot, sitting in the turn lane for said parking lot. It just seems unsafe and was wondering if you knew how the law was interpreted regarding this."},{"_id":"OK6DXKMC2VFNJBWDDGZK4RDWAA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Becky C."},{"_id":"IK5QTNNN4FEUROLKMA3H4MF2HM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Great observation, Becky, and you are absolutely right. The 2018 Hands-Free Georgia Act essentially bans most drivers from holding cell phones at all. The scope of that ban extends to any car that is in a travel lane, stopped or moving, hazard lights or not."},{"_id":"UXUP5U66Y5CWFDZ4L3LJV3YEVQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Drivers that are stalled or are in a wreck and cannot move out of lanes, of course, can use their phones to call for help. But pulling into an active turn lane of any kind and then illegally illuminating the flashers is not a legal remedy for phone-use. Drivers that need to hold their phones should pull to a shoulder or onto an exit and into a parking lot."},{"_id":"JSAI3QGOEJBV5M37RPGTKKLZLE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Imagine if every single person that wanted to put their phone in their hand pulled into turn lanes. Stopped cars would clog the lanes and moving cars wouldn’t be able to use them."},{"_id":"Q2X3IY4MQRD5NMIIKCABSB5L6Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Note that most new cars have infotainment systems to make phone use hands-free and Bluetooth adapters exist to modernize cars without the dash-screens. I use both and they work well."},{"_id":"BIAWKKKL6FEY7ACLWUJXKOYJPQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Thanks for the great questions and thoughts and here is to a safer and better 2022 on the roads!"},{"_id":"37RXCAHNEFCSLPSDCQUMY3ESPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":"BIXXNQI43VBL3N4UN4GFHN7Y4I"},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. 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These dangers are what keep the battle for safe roads constant."},{"_id":"ZGH2OFFXCFFCJBI4UPEAVVPATU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709656},"type":"text","content":"The state enacted the Hands-Free Georgia Act in July of 2018, essentially banning drivers from holding mobile devices while they drive. This made enforcing the existing texting ban easier and seemed set to temper the increasing demon of distracted driving. And early returns show that it worked as fatalities decreased through 2019."},{"_id":"T64T3G7GB5F5JGUPE76UAD6WPU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709657},"type":"text","content":"Meanwhile, as we discussed last week, new automobiles continue to get safer. Late models have better airbags, more driving assistants, warning lights and sounds, cameras, and sensors that all should decrease someone’s margins for error. Newer cars tend to have good infotainment dashboard systems that phones normally can easily pair with to make a nearly seamless hands-free experience."},{"_id":"YRPBGAHOUFBTNL3MDE63ONO74Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709658},"type":"text","content":"There are numerous auto insurance discounts given for policyholders who take driving courses and behave properly behind the wheel. And, in general, we have more information and warnings at our fingertips than we ever have."},{"_id":"45GRAVOMKNCSTO4GKWKNFKHF4U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709659},"type":"text","content":"Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft may be having similar labor issues as other industries, but they still offer fairly timely, effortless ways for inebriated passengers to dispatch ways home, as opposed to driving drunk."},{"_id":"IMFCGCICEZA7HJWBT3B7NAILOI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709660},"type":"text","content":"And yet, just as is the case with smoking, dietary habits or even gun safety, people still continue to run the proverbial stop signs and worsen highway safety numbers. As a society, we are absolutely micturating away the highway safety gains that we ourselves have made."},{"_id":"DFZ6DOIMKFFX5PCPVROAZIP3MY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709661},"type":"text","content":"Not long after the hype and awareness around Georgia’s distracted driving rules-revamp, phones started popping back into hands more often. Drivers have since become even worse about trying to hide their palmings of smartphones to make calls and type messages."},{"_id":"MR3PQUVEQ5FXPOO3PFCQOFN2JQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709662},"type":"text","content":"Speed demons in 2021 are still having their way with traffic, whether conditions are heavy or not. 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We are fallen because of our egos — because of our constant prioritization of our own desires."},{"_id":"2QJE2ILRNRCMVHHQBSKPL7BZX4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709665},"type":"text","content":"All that said, imagine how much worse these fatality numbers would be if we didn’t have the same advancements in laws and technology. Then imagine how much better the numbers could be if we could just take a breath to consider the fallout from our driving selfishness."},{"_id":"W65LVGYC7BAO5GHPZB7ZIITPGE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639760709666},"type":"text","content":"In this season and Christmas holiday of giving, one gift we could give to strangers around us that doesn’t cost a penny, but potentially provides an invaluable gain, is the gift of putting their safety ahead of our own wants and vices. 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Traffic seems really bad and especially so since the fall time-change, but it actually pales in comparison to the jams people around the world experience, traffic data firm INRIX reports."},{"_id":"QNYJP7VVJRFU5EALV3FZ3TU6TE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570608},"type":"text","content":"Their annual Global Traffic Scorecard ranks Atlanta with the 10th-worst traffic in the U.S., based on hours lost per year in congestion. Atlanta was 22nd-worst in the country last year."},{"_id":"7JUSOLDSBVC4ZJVXSDXSIQRVOY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570609},"type":"text","content":"COVID-19 shutdowns and habits took the sap out of traffic jams around the world, as Atlantans only lost 20 hours per driver in 2020, by this measure. We lost 53 in 2021, based on 10 months of data extrapolated over the final two months."},{"_id":"KS3NIVGF7NCH5LFJTZDT22QR6U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570610},"type":"text","content":"Atlanta drivers lost 82 hours in traffic in 2019, pre-pandemic. INRIX said that Atlanta still has 16% fewer downtown trips than in 2019 and 36% less congestion."},{"_id":"5BPMBVIR45DFJPMMVV27ZNUQ4M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570611},"type":"text","content":"INRIX uses GPS data for these metrics and compiles data for 1000 cities worldwide. New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia are the top three U.S. cities with the worst delays, but their delay-numbers are also still far off of 2019′s. People have taken to and stayed telecommuting, even if COVID cases are low in their region."},{"_id":"2SXTQPUZG5GCPIMWG2TO5KBN24","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570612},"type":"text","content":"London has the worst traffic in the world and is only 1% off of its 2019 numbers. Atlanta is only 59th, but was 174th a year ago."},{"_id":"OL5RXKQVMFE5XGKSORO2IBODAM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570613},"type":"text","content":"INRIX said last year that Atlanta’s lack of reliance on mass transit meant there was less of an increase in vehicle-traffic when subways closed or people were scared to take them. The city’s apathy to MARTA meant that changes in mass transit habits added very little to traffic on the roads."},{"_id":"VPIIJ7TBQZAPPBKIPX6YXBZT3M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570614},"type":"text","content":"Atlanta has had and still does have notoriously bad traffic and traffic rankings really mean nothing. 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Not owning up to the terrible consequences is far worse. The fleeing driver leaves a trail of terror behind and has to carry their own guilt and paranoia, something that no sports car can outrun."},{"_id":"KQTHIHAFEJAMBIK47NG3LSZZSA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570619},"type":"text","content":"Jasmine Gaither stood on the side of I-85 in DeKalb County, a passenger in her friend’s car that had just been in a four-vehicle wreck Friday night, December 3rd. Another passing car lost control and struck and killed Gaither, just shy of her 32nd birthday. Her sister, Brittany Flournoy, said she and Gaither had lost their mother in a fatal crash back in October, too."},{"_id":"VCWMRPEK7FBMVDNWI3JFO4HXPQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570620},"type":"text","content":"Flournoy and her family approach Christmas bearing the weight of two avoidable tragedies."},{"_id":"LQPL2TKNKNC4NIMILIFWUY6YAI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570621},"type":"text","content":"Police arrested Lester Rodriguez within a couple of days and are charging him with vehicular homicide and driving on a suspended license, Stevens reported."},{"_id":"Q52EA32PJZCBFLABDVHEGFDXDU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570622},"type":"text","content":"In neighboring Gwinnett and on the same night, two cars ran over and killed 55-year-old Julio Sandoval on Singleton Road at Thompson Parkway. Gwinnett PD told Stevens that they haven’t made an arrest."},{"_id":"QRKUKTSGBFABXLFLDLDWCMLL3E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570623},"type":"text","content":"Chamblee PD has not arrested the driver that ran over and killed a man at 3:30 last Monday afternoon. They shut down Chamblee Tucker Road east of Buford Highway for over an hour, as they investigated. CPD is asking the public for leads."},{"_id":"EFY72OWQ7JB3JDDUC33ZVSJSAM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570624},"type":"text","content":"One thing we all can control is how we handle crash scenes and how we cross the streets: with care. Stay in vehicles after a crash; sitting inside a stopped car is much safer than standing outside. And cross roads safely, after looking both ways multiple times, and, if possible, in crosswalks and well-lit areas."},{"level":2,"_id":"T7XKLVQRPJD6JLSVAWH75ZIKQQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570625},"type":"header","content":"Traffic safety firm: seniors need newer cars"},{"_id":"ISLUKDKV2JAHBMJCOFFY2RZ62A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570626},"type":"text","content":"We have covered this topic here before, as studies have shown that teens fare better in cars with more safety features."},{"_id":"6TQMTWQJIJABJKLARI46Q4FULU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570627},"type":"text","content":"The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has also recently sung the same tune for drivers 70 and older."},{"_id":"AEO2QLPP3JDRPEOVO234P22JG4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570628},"type":"text","content":"Buy newer rides, they say."},{"_id":"MBOJ4PRB4NB6PPSQRD6AH2KGTM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570629},"type":"text","content":"While the numbers IIHS crunched indicate septuagenarians and octogenarians are crashing less often than before, they also are driving cars on an average of 16 years older than drivers 35-54-years-old."},{"_id":"CGSWUKMLWRB4HM7RX2XHCYHSCM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1639145570630},"type":"text","content":"Older drivers are generally more frugal and many are on fixed incomes, so not splurging on new cars makes some sense. 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Considering the placement of the stadium — in the northwest corner of the bustling I-75 and I-285 cloverleaf in Cobb County — what really could have been a traffic disaster over this half-decade simply has not been."},{"_id":"EN6AN7Y5CJE6JG4XIKKL3P5VP4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"However, one blind spot that I need to account for is the wheel-beating gridlock that many experienced while leaving the property after these recent October playoff games. After reading the recent celebration piece, readers such as Gary, Matt, Brian, Lamar, Michael, and David emailed me with varying levels of anger with those in charge of the traffic plan for the mass-egress from Truist Park and The Battery. 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Cobb PD Sergeant Wayne Delk echoed the same sentiment and said the police department handled the big crowds properly."},{"_id":"MIUT6JVBKNFIRE2WT23SSN2X3E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Braves officials did not respond to any of my traffic inquiries by the writing deadline."},{"_id":"GX3DDBG4NNCGRKSLTQAKZTW4KY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I received multiple complaints about a lack of frequent shuttles from Truist Park to the offsite parking at Lockheed-Martin. Others said they had no choice but to park at the pricier lots closest to the stadium, because they had family members with disabilities. The decks closest to Truist Park had, by far, the worst exit delays."},{"_id":"SBD57IC4UVFSXIATACKRKFQQ5Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And, of course, several complaints came in about the lack of mass transit getting to the Braves’ home field. Cobb voters have shot down MARTA multiple times over the decades. In the past, MARTA ran lines of shuttle buses between the Five Points Station and Turner Field."},{"_id":"6VYD7CIJW5HVRNMGDULYPZFEAU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Hunter said that developments like The Battery are what many venues envision, because of the extra revenue, for what entertainment districts do to stagger traffic flow, and how they give the property life in between big events. Turner Field and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium both lacked that allure."},{"_id":"IBSFAOGPX5AATCXEGH3MJYBKKI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Turner Field also had 5,300 less sanctioned parking spots and 9,000 more in seating capacity than Truist Park, the team told the AJC in 2017. But Turner Field’s lots were all relatively close to it and there were also many private, satellite lots not included in that total. Parking at Truist Park is quite tricky and simply requires planning — and paying — more.The team should look to bolster the amount of shuttles (and maybe even some shuttle-only lanes) to the most distant lots."},{"_id":"MJ7DZ7Y24RENBDL6U6NYDERCSE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Solving for the extra crush of playoff fans at Truist Park is also trickier, Hunter said, because planning far ahead for elimination series is just not possible. Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the City of Atlanta had over a year to plan to host the Super Bowl and managed that traffic very well. Cavitt said that Cobb County definitely learned some lessons and can make some improvements for next time."},{"_id":"Y3O57SATXJCXRAACVOR4F4B3JI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Another chance is exactly what Braves fans want. The easiest way to solve the World Series-playoff frenzy-fan flock problem is for the Braves to lose games. The MLB champs had the second-highest home attendance in the 2021 regular season. Congestion, Hunter said, is not always a bad thing. “It means people have some place to go - like to work - or to a World Series game.”"},{"_id":"XDQBC66MKVHNLAH452XSZLKKWM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Looking ahead, the Braves and Cobb County should consider several improvements. They could better direct both traffic out of decks and wayward pedestrians, provide more shuttles to far off parking lots and tweak the signal-timing to flush traffic out of the Cumberland area more quickly."},{"_id":"BSNQOTAXLREW5HOX5747S4RNAM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"But every single engineer, officer or spokesperson with whom I have spoken has had the same response: Moving a bunch of people at once through a small corridor simply takes time. They just have to manage that delay, just as commuters need to manage their expectations."},{"_id":"THMKCRVOZZDY5MJ7R344H2WVMU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"So Hunter told drivers to take this mindset: “50,000 of my friends and I are at this game. Just enjoy it. 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But 25 of those routes would provide service at least every 15 minutes — up from eight under the old system."},{"_id":"UCZYSBYTFJCSVHXWZ74VS7T7BY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484023},"type":"text","content":"As customers found out during the pandemic, that would mean longer walks to bus stops for many people."},{"_id":"LNH52MO4IFBANCGYXTFA4V2R6A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484024},"type":"text","content":"“You might have to walk a bit further, but you won’t have to wait as long once you get there,” Alhadeff said. “That’s the kind of trade-off we want people to think about.”"},{"_id":"HSDJUM77BJGWNAQJP56I7K7SKA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484025},"type":"text","content":"The other scenario MARTA will present is similar to existing service: It would have 108 routes — including some service to new areas — but only eight of them would run every 15 minutes. Service on the rest of the routes would operate every 30 to 60 minutes."},{"_id":"L64EN5SP6ZCC7POKP4GGUUWLD4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484026},"type":"text","content":"MARTA stressed that it is not proposing either of these scenarios as a final plan. Instead, it’s proposing two extremes to encourage people to understand how the trade-offs might affect them."},{"_id":"CJE4FYVJS5HFNMK6MQMEBTSHWM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484027},"type":"text","content":"The agency has scheduled four in-person hearings this month to solicit public feedback. In December it will present the same scenarios in a series of online meetings. It also will conduct an online survey on its website until mid-January."},{"_id":"AJTJA66AGRHLTI2VQYUAGQT6SA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636138484028},"type":"text","content":"With that feedback, MARTA will prepare a recommended plan for consideration by its board of directors next summer."},{"_id":"LCBMX66IXNG4DGH2JIHCZIE6YQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1636136037823},"type":"text","content":"
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