California Bans Texting While Driving

September 25, 2008

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinforced his commitment to keeping California’s roads safe by signing legislation that prohibits drivers from using text messaging devices while operating a motor vehicle.

“I am happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible driving,” Schwarzenegger said. “Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, making our roadways a safer place for all Californians.”

SB 28 by Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, specifically bans the use of an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving a motor vehicle. The bill would impose a base fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

This bill compliments an existing law which Gov. Schwarzenegger signed in 2006. SB 1613, also by Senator Simitian, requires motorists to use hands-free devices while talking on a mobile phone when driving a motor vehicle.

Source: Office of the Governor

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