The California Senate has signed off on a bill that would increase the base fine for holding your phone while behind the wheel from $20 to $50. Court fees could drive the cost from about $180 to $300.
Repeat offenders would now be fined $100- or up to $528 with fees- and get a point on their record.
The bill was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday and will become law if he signs it.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.