November 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown will consider a bill that would raise the fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California from $20 to $30.
But the real cost for a first offense under the bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate would climb from about $160 to about $200, when court fees are included.
Repeat offenders would pay about $370, up from about $280. Repeat violations would also add points to drivers' records, potentially increasing their insurance costs.
Senators sent SB1310 to the Democratic governor's desk on a 28-9 vote.
Sen. Joe Simitian, a Palo Alto Democrat, says his bill will reduce deaths and collisions by discouraging using hand-held cellphones. The additional $10 fine would go to educate motorists.
Several Republicans said the fines are punitively high.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.