Georgia's texting law provides a new tool for law enforcement to make traffic stops. The anti-texting law that took effect in July 2010 was categorized as a primary traffic offense. This allows law enforcement to stop a vehicle and make contact with the driver in order to investigate a texting offense. Anytime an officer makes contact with a driver he will be looking for additional offenses or outstanding warrants on the driver. An odor of alcoholic beverages or anything else that indicates a possible impaired driver will prompt the officer to investigate for intoxication.
Aside from being dangerous and illegal, texting while driving is a new source of probable cause for law enforcement to stop vehicles and search for other offenses.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call the offices of Richard S. Lawson for a consultation.