Three U.S. States Strengthen Seat Belt and Distracted Driving Laws

The Georgia, Kansas and Vermont states have recently introduced new legislation that is aimed at improving highway safety. Kansas and Georgia have strengthened their seat belt and distracted driving laws, while all three states have banned texting for all drivers.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill that removed a pickup truck exemption in that state's seat belt law. Now, all Georgians must 'Click It or Ticket,” stated the press release.

On June 4, Governor Perdue also signed a bill banning cell phone use for novice drivers as as banning texting for all drivers.

Earlier this week, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas added his state to the list of those with a texting while driving ban, three years after this type of legislation debuted in the U.S.

Last week, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed a bill that allows the state’s police to stop drivers who are not using their seat belts. The new also requires that all occupants of a vehicle to buckle up.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a non-profit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico has saluted the aforementioned initiatives, recognizing them as important road safety steps.

"Georgia, Vermont and Kansas have set a good example for other states by strengthening their highway safety laws. We know that primary seat belt laws are the single most effective thing states can do to save lives on their roads. And texting bans send the message that drivers need to focus on the task at hand-driving," said Barbara Harsha, GHSA Executive Director.
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