The Beat hopes you weren't doing it before, but if you're doing it now in Georgia, it's illegal. A law that prohibits individuals from using wireless telecommunications devices for writing, sending or receiving text messages while operating a motor vehicle takes effect today, July 1.
Here's how the law reads:
"No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data."
The fine for offenders is $150 and one point on the driver license.