No Texting while Driving in California

Have you seen those Amber Alert sign on freeway saying “No text messaging while driving.  Effective Jan 1.”  I drive all over the place in Southern California and saw these signs and wonder if they are going to pass another law like the Cellular Phone law.

Text messaging has grown phenomenally these past few years.  With the recent no talking on cell while driving California law passed, another no text messaging law going to be in effect soon in California.  The new No-text California law goes into effect on January 1, 2009.  The law is basically simple, text messaging on a text-based communication device while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California.  The violation also apply to reading and sending a message (email and so on) on a text-based communication device.

All violators are fine the same amount as the cellular phone law.  The fines are $20.00 (plus court fees) for the first offense and $50.00 (plus court fees) for the subsequent offense.  If they see that this has been a frequent violation they can boost up the fines to triple the amount.

Tek Thoughts:  It’s a good law to go into effect, .  I’ve seen many drivers whom are a been more careless driving while talking on the cellphone.  I dodge a couple of driver because they miss blind spots while changing lanes and so on.  As I pass them up, I see that they’re on their cellular phones and less attentive on the road.  These are careless accidents waiting to happen.

Make it an official New Years resolution to not text or talk on the without a headset device.  Happy New Years everyone!!!

Text Messaging

Text Messaging

I heard this saying once:  “You can be smart all your life, it only takes seconds to do something stupid to effect the rest of your life.”

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