(WFXG) - Law enforcement has been trying to get the message out – it's illegal to drive with your phone in your hand in Georgia. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is trying to give folks a warning before they write out tickets, and so far, dozens have been put on notice.
Richmond deputies giving 119 warnings and 7 citations within a seven and half hour time span.
"We will use Deputy discretion throughout the weekend for further violations of the new Hands-Free Law," the department's public information officer, Lieutenant Glen Rahn, said. "Please drive safe, buckle up, and put down your phone."
That Hands-Free Law went into effect July 1, 2018.