SACRAMENTO (KPIX 5) – Looking to curb distracted driving in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that expands restrictions on cellphone use behind the wheel.

Brown signed AB1785, which prohibits drivers from checking maps, adjusting playlists, taking photos or live streaming on their phones unless a hands-free device is used. The new restrictions add to existing bans on calling or texting without a hands-free device.

The new law allows for drivers to swipe on their devices, if their phone is attached to a dashboard or windshield mount.

AB1785 attempts to address advancements in technology since the original hands-free law was enacted a decade ago.

The new law goes into effect in January. Violators will be subject to a $20 fine for the first offense, with fines going up for additional offenses.

Comments (6)
  1. a parent says:

    Do you gets points on your driving record for distracted driving? $20 is just a slap on the wrist.

    1. $20 is not even a slap on the wrist; it’s a tap into thin air.

  2. gordy1969 says:

    now, all the State has to do is hire more CHP officers and let ’em loose on the freeways to ticket folks for violations – even though this won’t happen, Cali wouldn’t have a deficit for generations if they did !!!!!!!!

  3. A $20 fine won’t change anything. What will cause change is 1. increased enforcement of existing laws, and 2. increasing the fine as a percentage of your salary or similar, something that will hurt you. Even $200 for a rich guy is nothing, but at $2000, he might think otherwise.

  4. Cik Bast says:

    A driver can reach to their mounted in-set radio console to change a station, but cant reach to their mounted iphone to change a radio station. I don’t get the logic.