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California bans texting while driving

September 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Governor 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 on Wednesday."Building on legislation already helping save lives in California, I am happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible driving," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "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."

State Bill 28, written 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 complements 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.


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