Sacramento (CA) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a law that would prevent most teenagers from using cell phones while driving. Drivers under the age of 18 and on a provisional driver’s license will not be able to use any type of cell phone or text messaging while behind the wheel.
The law bans all usage, whether or not the driver is using a hands-free device. A $20 fine will be assessed for first time violators, but officials from the California Highway Patrol say their officers will focus their efforts on educating teens, rather than giving tickets.
During the signing press conference, Schwarzenegger told reporters that he mandates similar ban with his daughters. He lets them drive a car and use a phone, but will take away both if he sees them do both at the same time.
The law takes effect next July. That is the same month a similar law which mandates hands-free devices for all adult drivers takes effect.