Thursday, December 11, 2008

California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act Part II: "No-text Law" Begins January 1st, 2009

An update to the California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act will begin on January 1st. The new law prohibits sending and reading text messages from any electronic wireless communications device while driving. Texting was not covered in the initial hands-free cell phone laws that began in July of this year.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles website has a summary of the law and the corresponding fines, while the full text of the Senate Bill 28 may be viewed on the California State Senate's official website.

See articles about text messaging accidents and laws in other states at Infotrac (Reference Center Gold), one of several useful databases accessible through our Online Resources page with a Glendale Public Library library card number. Enter subject "text messaging" and choose subdivision "laws, regulations, and rules."

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