Can You Hear Me Now? New Law Against Drive-Phoning

Copied from the California DVM Website:

Cellular Phone Laws in California.  No handheld phones while driving after July 1, 2008

Mark your calendars! Effective July 1, 2008, it will be illegal to drive a motor vehicle while operating a handheld wireless telephone.   Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 will be prohibited from using handheld OR wireless telephones while driving.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has provided this list of FAQ’s regarding the new “Hands-free” driving laws, including:

Q. Will there be a grace period when motorists will get only a warning?

A. No.  The law becomes effective July 1, 2008.  Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation

Q. Are passengers affected by this law?

A. No,  This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.

Q.  Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?

A.  Yes.  A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.

Q.  Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking?

A.  The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.

Q.  Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?

A. Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered. <- iPhone users!

For more information on the new legislation and exceptions to the law, visit the California DMV.

Be prepared for the new laws to be implemented on July 1st, 2008.

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