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.READ MORE: How The Despair Of The Pandemic Lead To The Hottest New Pizza Joint In North Hollywood
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).READ MORE: Flight Attendant Attacked By Passenger, Flight From New York's JFK To John Wayne Airport Diverts To Denver
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.MORE NEWS: Pedestrian Killed After Car Careens Into Yard Off 101 Freeway In Hollywood
State officials hope the new law will reduce crashes caused by distracted driving.