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Cellphone fines may go up for distracted driving

The California Senate has signed off on a bill that would increase the fine for holding your phone while behind the wheel.

August 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fines for using a cell phone while driving could soon be going up.

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.