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California aims to reduce distracted driving with new law

The state of California has taken many steps to prevent distracted driving in recent years. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 80 percent of motor vehicle accidents involve inattentive drivers. Driver distraction may be caused by a variety of factors, including interacting with passengers and consuming food while driving.

Hands Free Texting Banned in California

Drivers under the age of 18 would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free devices, under a cleanup bill approved by the state Senate. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen said a bill passed last year did not specifically exempt teenagers when it allowed California's drivers to use voice-operated and hands-free devices to dictate, send or listen to text messages while driving. The bill (SB 194), proposed by Senator Cathleen Gagliani, will close that loophole. The bill has received bipartisan support and was approved on a 35-3 vote. It has been sent to the Assembly.

Potential Driver Distraction

There is now no question or doubt that cell phone use is a moving violation. Not only are the call or text functions prohibited, but also the use of a map for directions or sending and receiving emails are illegal as well. A California Appellate Court has made this ruling after the court case of California v. Spriggs, wherein the defendant was pulled over for using his phone while operating a motor vehicle. He wasn't texting or making a call, he was simply looking at a map, but the court ruled that since Spriggs was, as the law states, "using a wireless phone that wasn't configured for hands free listening and talking" this action is illegal. The law was passed in order to reduce potential distractions for drivers who use mobile devices, and thus ensure more secure roads and safer driving for all Californians. There is now no excuse: if you are on your mobile device or tablet you are asking to get pulled over and sited. The use of any application on your mobile device violates vehicle code section 23123.

Potential Driver Distraction

There is now no question or doubt that cell phone use is a moving violation. Not only are the call or text functions prohibited, but also the use of a map for directions or sending and receiving emails are illegal as well. A California Appellate Court has made this ruling after the court case of California v. Spriggs, wherein the defendant was pulled over for using his phone while operating a motor vehicle. He wasn't texting or making a call, he was simply looking at a map, but the court ruled that since Spriggs was, as the law states, "using a wireless phone that wasn't configured for hands free listening and talking" this action is illegal. The law was passed in order to reduce potential distractions for drivers who use mobile devices, and thus ensure more secure roads and safer driving for all Californians. There is now no excuse: if you are on your mobile device or tablet you are asking to get pulled over and sited. The use of any application on your mobile device violates vehicle code section 23123.

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