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Navigating Georgia’s New Hands-Free Law

Navigating Georgia’s New Hands-Free Law
By Joanie Iaco

Joanie Iaco, Peacock Automotive

Joanie Iaco

It’s the law. Georgia motorists will have to put down their phones while driving to comply with the new Hands-Free Georgia Act that becomes effective July 1.

The goals of the new law, signed earlier this year by Gov. Nathan Deal, are to lower incidents of distracted driving and rising insurance premiums by prying our eyes and our attention away from cell phones while we’re behind the wheel.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionhas reported that highway fatalities rose by one-third in Georgia from 2014-16. While cell-phone use cannot be pinpointed as a cause for this increase, the state Department of Driver Servicesprocessed 3,866 citations for using phones while driving in 2016, up more than 30 percent from 2014.

The costs associated with car crashes differ depending on the injuries sustained, but the average cost for the physical damage to one car is $7,500. If there is a fatality, the financial impact can reach into the millions. Even for non-fatal crashes, total costs can soar into the hundreds of thousands.

The hands-free law doesn’t allow drivers to support any wireless device with any part of their body when they’re behind the wheel unless they’re legally parked. This means that you cannot hold it in your hand, lay it in your lap or hold it against your ear with your shoulder.

While the new law prohibits you from holding your phone while driving, you can still talk and even text as long as you’re using hands-free technology.

You may also use your phone as a GPS, but you must set it up before you begin driving. If you need to change your route, you must be legally parked before you pick up or touch your phone. This does not include being stopped at a light or stop sign. You are only considered legally parked if your vehicle is parked in a parking space, parking lot or driveway.

The new law also prohibits drivers from watching or recording a video and from typing, sending or reading any text-based communication unless legally parked.

The only exceptions to the hands-free law would be if the driver is reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, crime, delinquent act or hazardous road condition. Law enforcement officers are exempt from the law as long as they are performing their official duties.

The prohibition is considered a primary enforcement law, which means an officer may cite a driver for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safetysays the Georgia Department of Public Safetyand local law enforcement may issue warnings as part of the effort to educate and to help motorists adapt to the new law. However, citations can and will be issued starting July 1. Penalties will begin at $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense and $150 for three or more violations.

With the passage of the new law, Georgia becomes one of 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

In South Carolina, it is illegal for motorists to text and drive, but hand-held cell phone use is still permitted and drivers are allowed to use the GPS feature on their handheld device for navigation purposes.

Joanie Iaco is Manager of Peacock Collision Center, part of Peacock Automotive, which owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. For more information about Peacock Collision Center, call 843-645-5500or www.peacockcollisioncenter.com.

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Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

(JASPER CO.) The Greater Bluffton Chamberrecently formed the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to help with scholarships, apprenticeships, special projects and small business assistance for the greater community.

Organized by chamberChief Executive Officer Shellie West and founded by members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber, this fund will help the chamber to strengthen support for area businesses and its people. “It’s been a vision to have a fund like this since we created the chamber,” said West. “The response we received from our members to give to the fund and the founders was overwhelming.”

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

The first donation to the fund was made by Peacock AutomotivePresident & CEO Warner Peacock. “We’ve supported the Greater Bluffton Chamberand CVB, Inc., since its inception in 2012 and we felt that it was important to give to the fund for its mission and success moving forward,” said Peacock.

“The chamber and I truly appreciate the businesses who have supported us and really are grateful for the donation from Peacock Automotive. They have done wonderful things for this community,” said West.

Anyone may donate to the Greater Bluffton Chamber Fund. Please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountryby visiting its website at www.cf-lowcountry.orgor by calling 843-681-9100. Or, contact the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerceat info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.orgor 843-757-1010.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates more than 20 automotive franchises and other holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing upwards of 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

(BRUNSWICK, GA) South Carolina-based Peacock Automotive has announced it is expanding into Brunswick with the purchase of two area dealerships — AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and AutoNation Hyundai at 5400 Altama Ave.

With this acquisition, Peacock Automotive has added more than 18 acres and nearly 30,000 square feet to its footprint of 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

“We have fallen in love with Coastal Georgia, and we love these brands,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “There’s a great synergy since we already own franchises for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Hyundai, and we’re pleased to be able to bring these brands and our commitment of great treatment, service and selection to the Brunswick market.”

Peacock Automotive owns 13 dealerships at the Peacock Auto Mall in Jasper County, S.C., along with the Hyundai, Volkswagen, Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships in Savannah.

The acquisition of the Brunswick properties is expected to increase Peacock Automotive’s inventory by 1,000 new and pre-owned vehicles and add 40 jobs to the group, which now employs about 600 people at its franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall at the I-95 Hilton Head Island gateway near Bluffton, S.C.

For more information about Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Brunswick and Peacock Hyundai of Brunswick, visit www.peacockcjdrbrunswick.com or www.peacockhyundaibrunswick.com. For Peacock Automotive information, visit www.peacockautomotive.com or call (843) 208-1258.

Peacock Automotive Expands in Brunswick

Peacock Automotive Acquires Two Dealerships to Expand in Brunswick

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from new Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities

Peacock Automotive Donates Materials from New Brunswick Dealerships to Glynn County Charities

(BRUNSWICK, GA) Peacock Automotive, assisted by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, has donated gently used office furniture to The Well in Brunswick and Glynn County’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The automotive company has opened Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships at 5400 Altama Avenue. Peacock Automotive donates used furniture.

The Well, a hospitality center for people who are homeless, received two loveseats, two sofas, four club chairs, two benches, a coffee table, and two end tables. The center is provided by FaithWorks, a community-focused ecumenical ministry, to help those who are homeless with opportunities to reconnect with family members and access important services to help them leave the streets and recover from sickness and disease.

Peacock Automotive also donated 50 desk chairs and other office items and furniture to Habitat’s ReStore, a retail outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity that receives donations of new and reusable home furnishings, home improvement and construction items, and then provides them for sale at deep discounts to the public. Proceeds from ReStore sales enable Habitat to build safe, decent and affordable houses in Glynn County.

“Our goal to give back to the communities that support us,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “My family and I know the importance of the work both these organizations do and we’re pleased to be able to assist them in their missions.”

The drop-offs were facilitated by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, an environmentally friendly junk removal company committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community.

“We are proud to be able to help Peacock Automotive donate to these local organizations,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our eco-friendly junk removal company’s mission is to reduce landfill waste by donating or recycling the materials we pick up.”

Habitat’s ReStore is located in Lanier Plaza, at 1919 Glynn Avenue. For more information, visit https://www.hfhglynn.org/restore/. The Well is in downtown Brunswick at 1101 Glouscester Street. For more information visit https://faithworksministry.org/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100% property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit http://www.junkluggers.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Jaguar Columbia Receives 2017/18 Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award

Jaguar Columbia Receives 2017/18 Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Jaguar Columbia has been honored by Jaguar Land Rover North America as one of the top dealerships in the nation, and a recipient of this year’s Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award.

Jaguar Columbia

Jaguar Columbia

The Pride of Jaguar and Land Rover Pinnacle Awards are given annually to retailers who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and to the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Retailers are selected based on their top performance in core business categories, including customer advocacy, sales, service, and parts.

In 2017, Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales reached an all-time record with U.S. sales up 9 percent for the two brands combined. For the Land Rover brand, U.S. sales reached 74,739 units and achieved double-digit annual growth for the brand’s flagship model, the Range Rover.

“We want our customers to have the best experience possible when buying or servicing their vehicles, and Jaguar Columbia has gone above and beyond with their customer service experience,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive, which is the parent company to Jaguar Land Rover Columbia. “We are so proud of their team and offer a huge congratulations to the entire staff of the dealership.”

The Jaguar brand maintained its position among the industry’s growth leaders in the U.S. market with sales up 27 percent from 2016, driven by impressive sales performances of the F-PACE and XE models. The Jaguar F-PACE performance SUV continued to be the brand’s top seller since being launched two years ago.

“We are proud to recognize our leading retailers for their outstanding performance and commitment to the Jaguar and Land Rover brands,” said Joe Eberhardt, president & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We achieved another record sales year in the U.S. last year, in large part due to the high-quality service and outstanding ownership experience these retailers provide to our customers every day.”

Since the dealership was purchased in 2014 by Peacock Automotive, Jaguar Columbia has seen an increase in sales of 75%. Jaguar Columbia is one of 16 dealerships to be recognized with the Pride of Jaguar Award, out of 338 retailers across the U.S.

“Our team is so dedicated to serving our customers and community, and this award proves that point,” said Jaguar Columbia Executive General Manager John Guth. “We come to work every day with the goal to have zero dissatisfied customers.”

As part of Peacock Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover Columbia serves Columbia and its surrounding areas from its location at 540 Jamil Rd. Columbia, S.C. 29210. The showroom is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The dealership has a large selection of new and certified pre-owned cars, as well as factory-trained and certified technicians specializing in all aspects of service and care for Jaguar and Land Rover products.

For more information, visit http://www.jaguarcolumbia.com/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

Southern Coast Heart Ball Raises $260K for the American Heart Association

Southern Coast Heart Ball Sponsored By Peacock Automotive Raises $260K for the American Heart Association

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) The American Heart Association–Southern Coast has raised $260,000 to benefit the organization’s mission to fight and prevent heart disease and stroke in the Savannah and Hilton Head Island areas.

The funds were raised at the organization’s 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast attended by more than 500 people on Feb. 3 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa.

“If you don’t think this disease can touch everyone, believe me, it can,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive, whose son, Landon Peacock, had a heart incident when he was 21 years old. “My family and I personally know the importance of supporting the mission of this organization.”

Peacock’s Audi Hilton Head dealership was the legacy sponsor for this year’s gala, as it has been for several of the Southern Coast Heart Ball events. The dealership is located at the Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278 in Jasper County, S.C.

Landon Peacock also served as the 2018 Open Your Heart chair to bring community and philanthropic leaders together to celebrate the mission of the local group. The evening of dining, dancing, live entertainment and fundraising auctions was supported by Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and was emceed by Dr. Terri Hubbard and Dr. Atul Gupta. The event also recognized Maggie Maine, the 2018 Open Your Heart Honoree who was born with a congenital heart defect.

A number of luxury items were donated for the event’s auction, including cultural trips to Spain, a Bahamas vacation and the chance to be named in a Mary Kay Andrews novel. Proceeds will be used to further cardiovascular disease research, to improve the lives of local residents and to provide community education about the risks of cardiovascular disease and strokes.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States while stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Nearly 2,200 Americans die of heart disease each day.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization. To learn more about the American Heart Association Southern Coast or Southern Coast Heart Ball, please call (843) 540-6338 or visit southerncoastheartball.heart.org

Peacock Automotive Rebrands New River Auto Mall to Peacock Auto Mal

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennifer Waites
Director of Marketing Communications
(803) 665-0120

Peacock Automotive Awarded Business of the Year at Bluffton Ball

Peacock Automotive Awarded Business of the Year at Bluffton Ball

(JASPER CO.) The Third Annual Bluffton Ball Presented by Covert Aire was Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Pinckney Hall in Sun City. The Bluffton Ball honored local businesses and individuals who have contributed to the Greater Bluffton Community by presenting them with the Bluffton Business Awards.

Bluffton Business of the Year Award 2017

Bluffton Business of the Year Award 2017

The event sponsors included: Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet, Peacock Collision Center, Liberty Tax, Bluffton Today, Bluffton Breeze, Island Packet, Lowcountry Radio Group, Accurate Lithograph, Triad Design Group, WTOC, Iron Hook Photography, and Lowcountry Floral and Design.

The finalists were selected because they have demonstrated business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civics and social responsibility.

The Bluffton Chamber received over 400 community nominations and because of the high caliber of the nominated individuals and companies, the Bluffton Ball selection committee deliberated long hours and gave careful consideration to all the nominees. These businesses and individuals stood out as leaders who exemplify ethical standards and behaviors.

The Chamber was thrilled to partner with the wonderful members of Programs for Exceptional People to make the Bluffton Business Awards. Programs for Exceptional People is a Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to promote independence, social interaction, and employment opportunities for Adults who live with intellectual disabilities. Each one of the awards were created in the PEP Ceramic Store in Bluffton and are as unique as the Members who made them.

Congratulations to all of the Winners and Finalists:

Business of the Year
Peacock Auto Mall

bluffton business award 2017

Pictured from left: Mike Covert, owner of Covert Aire (presenting sponsor of the Ball); John Lyons, Peacock Automotive Lowcountry Platform Director; Shellie West, Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Martin Sauls

Young Professional of the Year
Daniella Squicquero – The Hilton Head Life

Entrepreneur of the Year
Ian Duncan, The Grind Roasters

Educator of the Year
Sharon McMahon, River Ridge Academy

Artist of the Year Julie Jones

Non-Profit of the Year
Bluffton Self Help

Community Person of the Year
Daniel Messmer, AFA Academy of the Lowcountry

First Responder of the Year
Lee Levesque, Bluffton Township Fire District

Small Business of the Year
Advanced Integrated Controls

For more information, please contact the Greater Bluffton Chamber (843)757-1010