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Driving In California? The Hands Free Law Has Changed…

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California drivers will soon face changes in the laws for hands free driving.


On Monday, September 26, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill which will expand the hands free law for California drivers. The bill initially passed in 2006 banned drivers from calling or texting unless their smartphone was in hands free mode. In 2006, when the legislation was first drafted, mobile phones were less advanced, then they are today. The update will address other more recent developments to mobile device technology.

According to the author of the bill, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, the additions to the legislation will include other distractions for drivers, aside from calling and texting. The changes made in 2016 has cast a wider net, and now it will also make it illegal for California drivers from taking photos and streaming video while driving.

The law will unequivocally prohibit people from using a cell phone unless the device is in a hands-free mode while driving. In addition to voice calls and texts, the new law is designed to prohibit other cellphone uses while driving.

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