California Cell Phones While Driving – New Laws

In 1997, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study regarding the safety implications of driving an automobile while using a cell phone. In the past ten years, the increase in cell phone usage has increased dramatically, resulting in distractions to more drivers than ever before. The dangers of inattentiveness while driving a car may seem obvious, but should not be understated.

When even minor distractions while operating an automobile can cause serious injury or death, the consequences of engaging in today’s advanced technology of dialing, text-messaging and even talking, can be grave.

New cell phone laws take effect in the State of California on July 1, 2008. California Vehicle Code Section 23123 will prohibit drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. In addition, California Vehicle Code Section will prohibit drivers who are under the age of 18 to even use a hands-free telephone while driving. These laws will ideally help California drivers, who should be mindful of the distractions and dangers that operating new technology can cause.

For more information on the new cellular phone laws in the State of California, please see the website for the California DMV. For more information on the November 1997 NHTSA Study, please refer to the the NHTSA.

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