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California bans motorists from text-messaging while driving

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Yesterday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger signed a law that bans motorists from text-messaging and e-mailing while operating a vehicle. Starting January 1, drivers who will get caught writing or reading messages on their mobile phones will get a $20 ticket the first time and $50 on each subsequent offense.

Schwarzenegger said: “Building on legislation already helping save lives in California, I am happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible driving [..] 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.”

This comes after two other laws regarding the use of mobile phones while driving took effect July 1. One required drivers to use hands-free devices while talking on their phones, while the other one prohibited drivers under 18 years old from operating mobile phones.

Source: Mercury News

One Response to California bans motorists from text-messaging while driving

  1. intensive driving says:

    It’s a good thing – young drivers are especially at risk from texting whilst driving; too many lives have already been lost to be complacent about the problem.

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