Cellphone fines may go up for distracted driving

SACRAMENTO

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.

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