I am thrilled to read these words in the SF Chronicle today, and I wonder why it will take so long to enforce this law. How many accidents will there be before July 1, 2008, because people talk on their cell phones while driving, and I know we all do, and I know it is dangerous. There is no way the kind of attention can be paid that is needed while we are driving, and most of the time we get away with it, and sometimes we don't. Anyway, I am happy to read these words.
"Drivers in California will need an ear piece or speaker to use their cell phones in the car under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Motorists could face fines of up to $50 if they violate the law, which makes it an infraction to hold a cell phone while driving. It takes effect July 1, 2008, and is similar to laws in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington D.C.
A first offense will be punishable by a $20 fine, while subsequent violations will carry $50 fines. Calls made to emergency-service providers are exempt."