Bill banning teen 'driving while communicating' passes state Senate
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.
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