ATLANTA - An Atlanta Police officer shared a video on Facebook last week that has quickly gone viral, warning drivers about the upcoming hands-free law that will soon take effect in Georgia.
"For those of you who live in Georgia, July 1 is a big, important day for you all who don't want tickets," Officer Sheldon Herbert said.
Starting July 1, drivers will have to go hands-free if they want to use a cell phone in the car. That means drivers cannot hold phones in their hand while driving, and they cannot read or text while driving.
Officer Herbert took to Facebook to remind drivers that the new law goes into effect this weekend.
"If an officer sees you with your phone in your hand, you'll get a ticket," Herbert warned. "That includes at red lights. You have to be pulled off the road, in a parking spot, with your car in park to have your phone in your hand."
Officer Herbert said the new law was not created to simply hand out more tickets, but instead to hopefully save lives.
"Last time I looked at the road fatalities in Georgia, it was 629 fatalities this year." Herbert said.
According to Herbert, 64 percent of those fatalities had to no with either not wearing a seatbelt or someone being distracted using their phone.
"Be safe, wear your seatbelt, and don't touch your phone, please!"
Herbert's Facebook video has been viewed more than 2.3 million times and has been shared more than 60,000 times.