California Taking All The Fun Out Of Drivingby Brad Warbiany
First, no phone calls unless they’re hands-free. Now, no texts or emails on my Crackberry…
Starting January 1, 2009 a new law will go into effect where writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California.
This new law applies to electronic wireless communications devices used to manually communicate with any person using text-based communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.
Violating this law is punishable by a base fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. With the addition of penalty assessments, fines can be more than triple the base fine amount.
I suppose this won’t apply to those enforcing the law, though.