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: Scarlett Johansson To Receive American Cinematheque Honor
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: Single-Engine Plane Catches Fire After Crash Near Big Bear City Airport
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: Southern Californians Expected To Travel In Big Numbers Over Fourth Of July Weekend
State officials hope the new law will reduce crashes caused by distracted driving.