With the recent passage of Georgia’s Hands-Free Law, Precision Audio in Bainbridge wants to make sure you can drive and communicate safely. In a nutshell, the new law that took effect on July 1, 2018, prohibits drivers from touching or holding their cell phone with any part of their body. You can still talk on the phone, but you will need a Bluetooth or headset solution to do so legally. Let’s look at how Precision Audio can help keep you safe.
Radio Replacement Bluetooth Solutions
If you are looking for the Cadillac of hands-free communication solutions, drop by our store to experience Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We offer several models of Kenwood and Pioneer multimedia receivers with these smartphone integration technologies built in. If you want to make a phone call, press the Voice button on the radio, then say “Call Precision Audio” or “Call 229-246-2111.” The voice recognition system integrated into your smartphone will take care of the rest.
CarPlay and Android Auto will even read out incoming text messages and let you dictate a verbal response. How’s that for impressive?
If you want something a little simpler, almost all of the CD players and digital media radios we offer have Bluetooth hands-free calling built in. In many cases, we can connect the stereo switches on your steering wheel with a new radio to make answering an incoming phone call safe and, of course, legal.
Factory Radio Bluetooth Solutions
If your factory radio doesn’t have Bluetooth calling built in, we can often add a module that will let you receive calls and communicate safely. Depending on the model and trim level of your vehicle, we have solutions that integrate directly into your radio, and we also offer stand-alone solutions that use the speakers in your car.
The Hands-Free Law Consequences
If a police officer catches you using your cell phone while driving, you will be issued a ticket for $50 and one point on your first offense, $100 and two points on a second offense and $150 and three points for all subsequent offenses.
The new law also prohibits a driver from watching or transmitting video of any kind, unless it’s for navigation purpose. So, you can’t record your friends singing along to your favorite music or make a FaceTime call. You can stream music from Pandora, iHeartRadio or Tidal, but you can’t touch the phone to make any changes. You need to pull off the road and park the vehicle before touching your phone.
Visit Precision Audio to Learn About Safe Communication
While a headset solution is a viable option, they reduce your ability to hear vehicles around you and may prevent you from hearing a siren or other warning. The staff and management at Precision Audio in Bainbridge want our clients to be safe and operate their vehicles carefully at all times. If you need help with a solution to ensure you are compliant with the new Hands-Free Law, drop by our store and speak with a member of our sales team. Be sure to bring your phone with you so we can demonstrate the options for your vehicle. For more information, give us a call or send us an e-mail using our contact page.