News

Teen cell-phone driving bill passes Senate

Bill banning teen 'driving while communicating' passes state Senate

A bill banning teens from communicating on cell phones or pagers while driving passed the state Senate today. The bill, SB 33, previously passed the state Assembly.

If signed by the governor, the bill would go into effect July 1, 2008.

The bill affects drivers under 18 years old and was authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. The law would apply to hand-held and hands-free devices.

"Year after year, car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teenagers," Simitian said. "The young drivers who are using cell phones pagers and PDAs while driving are putting not only themselves at risk but all of us as well."

Under the law, first-time violators would be fined $20 and $50 for each additional offense.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Don't fund the rape culture at my alma mater
By Jessica T | 37 comments | 2,976 views

Quick Check List for UC Applications
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 2,084 views

Palo Alto and Bay Area Election Facts and Thoughts on the Implications
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 1,595 views

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 1,214 views

Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain
By Douglas Moran | 10 comments | 1,097 views