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Q: I’m convinced that texting while driving now outpaces drivers who roll through stop signs. What are the fines and penalties for Georgians who violate the no-texting law?

—Ron Shaddix, Hampton

A: The penalty for texting while driving in Georgia is $150 and one point deducted from your license.

Georgia code 40-6-241.2 states that drivers (18 and older) aren’t permitted to “operate a motor vehicle ... 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, email or Internet data.”

Drivers younger than 18 are prohibited from using a “wireless telecommunications device” while driving, according to Georgia code 40-6-241.1.

That “means talking, writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication, or listening on a wireless telecommunications device.”

Q: In October, a Woodstock resident, Kenneth Boland, was reported missing and later found deceased. Does anyone know where he was found?

—Deborah Eastin, Fayetteville

A: Boland’s body was found near Woodstock’s Olde Rope Mill Park in October, a Woodstock Police DepartmentspokeswomantoldQ&A on the News in an email.

Boland, 82, had been missing since the previous week.

Q: What is the best address to write to former President George W. Bush?

—Mary Lou Brooks, Dunwoody

A: You can write to the Office of George W. Bush, P.O. Box 259000, Dallas, Texas 75225.

You can also send an email to

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Katie Tiller contributed. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q& (include name, phone and city).

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