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California Governor to Sign Hang-Up-and-Drive Bill

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 16 Sep 2006 13:44:11 -0400

Gov. to Sign Hang-Up-and-Drive Bill
Legislation banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving
goes into effect in 2008.

By Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2006

SACRAMENTO - California will become the fourth state in the country to
ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving under legislation
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he will sign into law today.

The governor's office said Thursday that the signing will take place
in Oakland, ending a five-year campaign by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo
Alto) to outlaw one of the most common distractions of California

Under the law, which will take effect in July 2008, Californians risk
a minimum $20 fine for driving while yakking into a phone -- unless
they are using a headset, speaker phone, ear bud or some other
technology that frees both hands while they talk. Drivers in emergency
situations would be exempt.,0,1147619.story

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