August 30, 2015
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would outlaw text-messaging while
driving under a bill that's headed for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's
The state already requires adult drivers to use handsfree devices for cell phones. It bars 16- and 17-year-olds from using any device to talk or text while driving.
The bill approved Thursday would authorize $20 fines for adults if they're caught text-messaging while driving. Repeat offenses could result in $50 fines.
The measure's author, Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, says California should do more to prevent driving distractions.
Senators sent the Simitian bill to Schwarzenegger on Thursday on a 25-14 vote that approved Assembly amendments.
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