- Drivers will not be allowed to cradle or hold a phone or other electronic wireless device behind the wheel unless the driver is making an emergency call.
- Drivers will not be allowed to use more than one button to answer or use their mobile phone.
- Drivers will not be allowed to reach for a phone or other electronic wireless device if doing so requires them to undo their seat belt or stand.
- Drivers will not be allowed to text, answer emails, watch videos, or record from behind the wheel.
- Drivers are allowed to use GPS, voice-to-text features, and can make and receive phone calls as long as it is hands-free (via single-ear headphones or Bluetooth pieces).
- Drivers are allowed to use in-car navigation and entertainment systems.
- Drivers are allowed to use music streaming apps, but they cannot activate these apps or change music while driving. Music streaming apps that include video are prohibited.
- Law enforcement, emergency, and utility drivers are still allowed to use their phones.
Georgia Department Of Transportation contractors have begun clearing vegetation along Jonesboro Road and State Route 81, and construction of the East-West One-Way Pairs in downtown McDonough is now well underway! In an effort to lessen traffic entering and exiting McDonough Square, Jonesboro Road to Doris Street is to be converted to a one-way route heading west, and the Georgia Highway 20 (Hampton Street) heading into the square will be turned into a one-way, as well. A roundabout will also be built at the intersection of Doris Street and Jonesboro Road that will lead drivers to another eastbound one-way. Roundabouts help ease the flow of traffic because cars are only required to yield, not stop. This reduces traffic delay and improves traffic flow. Construction is estimated to last about thirty months.
This project will undoubtedly be beneficial to local businesses, surrounding areas, and McDonough citizens as it will ease traffic congestion near McDonough Square. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation Project Manager Cherral Dempsey, the East-West One-Way Pairs construction will involve at least three temporary road closures. The Georgia Department of Transportation will keep McDonough citizens updated with lane closures and detour information on their website, Twitter, and Facebook. Be on the lookout for signs and message boards around the area for redirection, as well. Although the construction process takes time, the benefits of the results will be well worth the wait!Read More