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Bill Would Toughen California’s Hands-Free Driving Law

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SACRAMENTO (KCBS) - There’s a new effort to put some teeth in California’s ban on using cell phones while driving, making a second offense an even stiffer moving violation.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

It’s estimated that 30 to 40 percent of California drivers are ignoring the state’s hands-free cellphone law.

One of the reasons that people have been flagrantly disobeying the law could be that the first violation costs only $20. That’s why State Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, who authored the original cellphone law, has written a new bill that would increase fines to more than $300, and make a second offense a moving violation, which is more serious.

The bill has passed a Senate committee.

Meanwhile, the CHP is increasing enforcement on those driving while using cell phone on Thursday, and again on Tuesday as part of a statewide crackdown this month.

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