California’s Hands Free Law

July 9, 2008 at 2:21 pm 1 comment

As of July 1st, it’s illegal in California to talk on a phone while driving a car, unless you use a hands free device like a bluetooth headset. I understand the point of the law, but I think overall it’s lacking.

You can legally dial a number while driving. The law does not forbid texting. And not to mention, in the last 3 days I’ve had a meal and 2 snacks in the car, which require just as much ‘hands on’ as holding a cell phone.

If the idea is that the only having one hand available for steering is a safety issue, texting should definitely be part of the law. That can even require 2 hands on some devices. Realistically, if the idea is to get more hands on the wheel, then the law should be you have to drive with two hands.

I think the bluetooth headset manufacturers gave the CA government a nice little campaign contribution in return for this new law!


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  • 1. crazygina  |  July 9, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    seriously!! at least when you are talking on the phone you can still look at the road!! When you’re texting, you’re usually looking at your phone. Sheesh. Where is the common sense?!


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