I just want to make sure everyone in California knows the 2 new cell phone laws that just came out and goes into affect today; Tuesday July 1, 2008. The legislation prohibits drivers from using a wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle unless the driver uses a hands free device. You may only use the phone for emergency purposes only (calling 911, police department, fire department, medical provider, and other emergency services agency.)
First law is that if you are a driver and under 18 years of age, you are not allowed to use the cell phone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text at all. So you can’t use the phone period if you are driving.
Second law is for drivers 18 years of age and older. You are allowed to use the phone but it is now against the law to have the phone to your ears. You can still dial and use a headset (only for one ear and not both). We still don’t recommend you dialing your phone while driving. Aslong you are using a hands free device you are fine (speaker, bluetooth, headset, etc).
How much is the fine if you do get caught?
The first offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions.