Expanded Restrictions On Phone Use While Driving To Go Into Effect In 2017

CORONA (CBSLA.com) — You’ve seen it before — drivers holding their phones and checking their GPS or fiddling with a playlist.

Now, a new state law is targeting those distracted drivers.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 26 signed into law a new set of restrictions that prohibit drivers from holding or operating a cell phone for any reason. (There is an exception for a single swipe if the phone is attached to a windshield or dashboard).

The new law takes effect Jan. 1. Fines start at $20 and increase to $50 for a second offense.

It is already illegal for drivers to call or text without a hands-free device, but the law does not address the use of navigation apps and other phone functions that have become popular since the first cell phone restrictions were put in place a decade ago.

State officials hope the new law will reduce crashes caused by distracted driving.


One Comment

  1. Charles Volcher says:

    I love this law the fines should be more then $20.00 make it 100.00 and people would stop using there cell phones while driving.

  2. Jimmy T says:

    Actually, the fines should be steeper: 1st offense = $100, 2nd offense = $200 and warning of potential insurance hike, 3rd offense = $350 plus must attend traffic school or insurance will be hiked. These will stop people for sure.

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    And now that cell phones are here, nothing on this planet short of the death penalty, is going to change this vapid, robotic behavior.

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