My daughter brought home a three-page document from the California Highway Patrol called, "Wireless Telephone Laws FAQ." One of the ladies at her work is married to a cop, so she brought some copies to work. Here are some of the frequently asked questions:
Q. When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
A. The new laws take effect July 1, 2008
Q. What is the difference between the two laws?
A. The first prohibots all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. Drivers under the age of 18 may NOT use a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle (VC §23124).
Q. Are passengers affected by this law?
A. No. This law only applies to the person driving the motor vehicle.
Q. Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?
There you have it. If you drive in California after the end of June, beware of talking on your cell phone. For the over 18 crowd, there's more:
Q. Does the new "hands-free" law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
A. The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.
Q. Does the new "hands-free" law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?
A. The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer's opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.
Too bad I'm no good at texting. I could do a lot of communicating while I drive after July comes along.