California Signs New Legislation to Curb Texting While Driving

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In the past, eTags.com has written extensively about the dangers of distracted driving and how just a few seconds looking away from the road could lead to and crash. Obviously, there are many different things that could divert a driver’s attention, but the most prevalent these days is the mobile device. A driver has an infinite amount of things he or she can do on her cell phone. From answering a phone call to texting or even watching a movie, there are a myriad things that can be done on the phone, which is best left until the driver is off the road.

 

California put into law new legislation recently that lawmakers hope will reduce cell phone use when driving even further. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1785, which forbids drivers from “holding and operating” a mobile device for any reason. The only exception would be if the mobile device was mounted on the dashboard or windshield of the car, and the driver had to just use a finger to swipe the screen or press a button on his or her touchscreen to complete the action.

 

There’s no question that cell phone use while driving is dangerous. According to the latest statistics from the National Safety Council, driving while using a cell phone accounts for 1.6 million crashes each year. 330,000 injuries are caused by texting while driving crashes, and one in four car crashes in the United States are caused by texting and driving. The California legislation is a deterrent as those charged are subject to an initial $20 fine, which will go up to $50 with each subsequent offense. However, not every state has a law in place, and the fines might not be enough to curb behavior.

 

Therefore, it is up to the drivers themselves to pay attention and pull over if they need to use their cell phone. It could be a lifesaving decision.

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