Month: June 2018

June 21, 2018

Georgia’s Hands-Free Law goes into effect July 1 – See details here.

HOUSE BILL 673- “HANDS FREE LAW”

House Bill 673 also known as the “Hands Free Law” was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal.  The Hands Free Law will take effect on July 1, 2018.  The following is a brief description what the law states and some frequently asked questions.  A link to the complete law can be found at www.gahighwaysafety.org.

  • A driver cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone.  Drivers can only use their phones to make or receive phone calls by using speakerphone, earpiece, wireless headphone, phone is connected to vehicle or an electronic watch.  GPS navigation devices are allowed.
  • Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment.
  • A driver may not send or read any text-based communication unless using voice-based communication that automatically converts message to a written text or is being used for navigation or GPS
  • A driver may not write, send or read any text messages, e-mails, social media or internet data content
  • A driver may not watch a video unless it is for navigation.
  • A driver may not record a video (continuously running dash cams are exempt)
  • Music streaming apps can be used provided the driver activates and programs them when they are parked.  Drivers cannot touch their phones to do anything to their music apps when they are on the road.  Music streaming apps that include video also are not allowed since drivers cannot watch videos when on the road.  Drivers can listen to and program music streaming apps that are connected to and controlled through their vehicle’s radio.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE LAW ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1.    Reporting a traffic crash, medical emergency, fire, criminal activity or hazardous road conditions.
2.    An employee or contractor of an utility service provider acting within the scope of their employment while responding to an utility
emergency.
3.     A first responder (law enforcement, fire, EMS) during the performance of their official duties.
4.     When in a lawfully parked vehicle—this DOES NOT include vehicles stopped for traffic signals and stop signs on the public roadway.

COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS

1.    Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators can only use one button to begin or end a phone call
2.    Cannot reach for a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device that it no longer requires the driver to be a seated position or properly restrained by a safety belt

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

1.    The driver of a school bus cannot use a wireless telecommunication device or two-way radio while loading or unloading passengers.
2.    The driver can only use a wireless telecommunication device while the bus is in motion as a two-way radio to allow live communications between the driver and school and public safety officials

ENFORCEMENT

When the Hands-Free law takes effect July 1, the Georgia Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement have the option to issue warnings for violations as part of the effort to educate and to help motorists adapt to the new law.  However, citations can and will be issued starting July 1 for any violation of the Hands-Free Law, including those where the violation involves a traffic crash.  There is not a 90-day grace period provision in the Hands-Free Law.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is this law needed in Georgia?
Our state has seen significant increases in vehicle traffic crashes, fatalities and bodily injury. The vast majority of these increases have been in rear-end crashes, single-car crashes and crashes by drivers from 15 to 25-years-old. State and local law enforcement have stated that these incidents are a clear indication of driver inattention. The 15 states that have passed hands-free driving laws saw a 16 percent decrease in traffic fatalities in the two years after the law was passed. In addition, traffic fatalities were reduced even further in subsequent years.

Could I still talk on my phone while driving?
Yes, as long as it is done hands-free. Drivers would be able to use their phone’s speakerphone, Bluetooth technology, an earpiece, a headphone or other device to allow them to communicate on a hands-free basis.

Could I touch my cellphone to dial a number or receive or end a call?
Yes. The law would simply prohibit drivers from holding or supporting the phone.

Would I be required to purchase a hands-free accessory, such as a mount or bracket?
No. The proposed law simply states that a driver cannot hold or support a mobile phone. A phone can be left on a vehicle’s console, a front seat, etc. However, for the safety of all Georgians, state and local law enforcement recommend the purchase and use of a hands-free device if using a mobile phone while driving.

My vehicle does not have Bluetooth technology/capability. How could I comply with the law?
Many online retailers offer a Bluetooth adapter for vehicles without Bluetooth or similar technology built into the vehicle. These adapters can be found at local retailers or online by searching “Bluetooth hands-free car kit” in an internet search engine.

What would the fines/penalties be?
 First conviction: $50, one point on a license;
 Second conviction: $100, two points on a license;
Third and subsequent convictions: $150, three points on a license.

Could I listen to online radio apps while driving?  (Updated information)****
A driver cannot touch their phone to activate or program a radio app while they are on the road (the road includes being stopped for traffic signals and stop signs).  A driver can activate a radio app before getting on the road and listen to the programming.  A driver can also listen to programming from their app if it is connected and controlled by the vehicle’s stereo (radio), and the driver is not touching their phone while driving.  We caution drivers that music streaming apps that also include video do violate the new law which specifically prohibits drivers from watching videos.   The rule of thumb here is you can listen to your radio app as long as you do not touch your phone when driving on the road AND it’s use does not distract the driver in any manner in the safe operation of their vehicle.

Could I listen to music stored on my mobile phone, thus not requiring an internet connection?
Yes, as long as the driver is not holding or supporting the phone.

Could I talk to someone via video telephony apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, if doing so “hands-free?”
No. The proposed hands-free driving law states that a driver shall not “record or broadcast a video” on any mobile phones, iPads, computers, etc. while operating a vehicle.

 

Information from headsupgeorgia.com

June 19, 2018

Independence Day Events!

Oak Hill Baptist Church Freedom Fest

Sunday June 24  6 PM – 9:30 PM

The fun begins at 6pm at the Pavilion and Field with food trucks, music, fellowship and fun. FIREWORKS when the sun goes down! Bring a lawn chair, bring a cooler, bring your friends – but definitely plan to be a part of our FREEDOM FEST Celebration!!

This is a free event, great for the whole family.

Food and dessert trucks will be on site for your enjoyment – each truck sets their own prices.

Rock Springs Church Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, July 1 at 5 PM – 10 PM
Don’t miss our Independence Day Celebration!

Admission is FREE with a canned good donation. We’ll have activities and inflatables for the kids, food vendors and family fun! Be sure to bring your blanket and chairs. As the sun sets you and your family can enjoy fireworks and a concert on the lawn.

The Rock Ranch Celebrate America

Saturday, June 30 at 2 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate America is our annual patriotic event, 19 years and counting. This event features hot air balloons, and the best fireworks show in the state of Georgia. Guests are invited to enjoy tethered hot air balloon rides for $5/child and $10/adult – weather permitting and cash only. In addition to hot air balloons and spectacular fireworks, guests can play all day with attractions like zip lining, rock wall climbing, pony rides, and MUCH more. The Rock Ranch is centrally located near Atlanta, Macon, and Columbus. Come celebrate America with us!

 

 

Griffin First Assembly Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, July 1 at 5 PM – 10 PM

Join us this Independence Day weekend for our annual Celebration Concert & Fireworks! We will have rides, games, and food for all starting at 5PM, and a free concert starring Jason Crabb at 8PM. Fireworks will begin when the sun sets. If you have any questions please contact us at info@griffinfirst.org or call at 770-228-2307.

 

 

 

 

The City of Griffin 4th of July Fireworks

The annual Griffin+Spalding 4th of July Fireworks display will be held Wednesday July 4th at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Fireworks will begin at dark.

 

 

 

 

Pike County Pride of Pike Celebration

The Pride of Pike Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, June 30 at the Pike County Soccer Complex beginning at 4:00pm. There will be plenty of food, kids’ activities, music, vendors, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show! American Idol Contestant Isaac Streetman will be headlining our entertainment for the event! Free Admission, however there will be a $5.00 per vehicle parking fee.

 

June 13, 2018

Home for Sale Pike County | 310 Hunter Road Griffin, GA 30224 | MLS# 8397551

Here it is…..A CABIN in Pike County with 13 beautiful acres

$189,900

 

  • 3 bedroms, 3 full baths
  • Front and side porch with new railing
  • New HVAC
  • Full bath in basement makes perfect mud room.
  • Watch the deer from one of two decks, plant a garden or just enjoy peace and quiet.
  • See full listing details here!
  • Contact Dawn or Renee for more information.
    • 770.567.3030
    • 770.490.6507
    • 770.550.2414

 

June 8, 2018

Land for Sale Pike County | 5900 Old Zebulon Road Zebulon, GA 30295 | MLS # 8390618

Prime Hunting Tract Located In Rural Pike County!

$323,278

This Property Is A Vacant Timber Tract. Property Is Zoned Agriculture And Adjacent To Farming And Timber Operations. Two Wells On Property That Served Former Buildings. The Roads Were Bulldozed In And Lots Were Delineated. Per Seller, There Is A Creek Bottom And Beaver Pond On Boundary.

See full listing details here

Contact Alicia at McLeRoy Realty today!

770.584.1854 | 770.567.3030

June 8, 2018

Land for Sale Pike County | 0 Highway 19 Zebulon, GA 30295 | MLS# 8389755

$355,000

What Can You Visualize Being Built Here? Time To Make That Dream Come Alive! Corner Commercial Lot Located Next To The Zebulon Shopping Center Which House Freshway Market, Fred’s, 2 Restaurants And A Tax Office. A Driveway Is Located On The Property Which Services Subject Property Plus Other Parcels. Subject To All Easements And Restrictions Of Record.

See full listing here

Contact Alicia at McLeRoy Realty today!

770.584.1854 | 770.567.3030

June 8, 2018

UNDER CONTRACT Home for Sale Pike County | 601 Hood Road Concord, GA 30206 | MLS # 8390301 | VIRTUAL TOUR

Pike County! 4 Sided Brick! 5.99 acres!

$353,000

  • Completely fenced w/electric 3 strand rope, 2 paddocks & 1 large pasture, front of property can be grazed as well.
  • Fenced 18 x 21 chicken coop w/power and run. Private! 3200+ sq ft!
  • 3 Car Garage w/400+ sq ft unfinished area.
  • 4 Bdrms/3.5 baths.
  • Large Master on main with master bath and lg walk-in closet.
  • Eat in kitchen with granite counter tops, gas separate cooktop, double electric oven.
  • Lg laundry room.
  • FP with gas starter.
  • Separate DR, Office & very large family room that overlooks the beautiful backyard.
  • Tile, hrdwds, marble, LVT plank and carpet upstairs.
  • Mini master upstairs, Jack & Jill bdrms w/bath.
  • Unfinished bonus room w/power.
  • 2 gardens w/several fruits and herbs.
  • Multiple water spigots around prop
  • See full listing details here! 
  • Contact Cathy today to see this home!
    • 770.584.2716
    • 770.567.3030
June 6, 2018

Home for Sale Clayton County | 13458 Panhandle Road Hampton, GA 30228 | MLS # 8391858

Cabin in the woods!

$129,900

 

  • This home sits far off the road surrounded by hardwoods with minimal view of neighboring properties.
  • Have your own private small home or potentially build your dream home and have a pre-existing guest house.
  • Convenient to Atlanta, Fayetteville and AMS.
  • Features include metal roof, great room with picture windows on three sides, indoor well and gravel parking area.
  • Home is located directly across from Clayton County Water Authority so no future homes will be built across the road.
  • See full listing details here!
  • Contact Nathan at McLeRoy Realty to see this home in person!
    • 770.468.0768
    • 770.567.3030
June 4, 2018

Home for Sale Pike County | 113 Journey’s End Zebulon, GA 30295 | MLS # 8391728 | VIRTUAL TOUR

NEED SPACE?!

$250,000

 

 

  • 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home on full partially finished basement.
  • Open great room, dining room and kitchen area.
  • Split bedroom plan with a bonus and full bath upstairs.
  • Check out the 3D tour and see for yourself all this home has to offer.
  • See full listing details here!
  • Contact Dawn at McLeRoy Realty to see this home in person today!
    • 770.490.6507
    • 770.567.3030