Office of Traffic Safety - February 20, 2013

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States consider raising fines for distracted driving

New technology is all around us, but there is a time when we just need to leave it alone, one of these times is when we are driving our car. Chris Cochran with the California Office of Traffic Safety explains about the new laws in place that are  cracking down on drivers who are using their cell phones illegally while driving.

First offence for texting costs you $20, and it just goes up from there with every new offence. "With court costs and penalties, the true costs of those tickets are $76 and $190, respectively," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Current prohibitions include:

¦Adult drivers (18 and older) banned from using cell phones unless they employ hands-free devices.

¦Text messaging banned for all drivers. The law prohibits use of electronic devices to "write, send, or read a text-based communication" is outlawed. Hands-free and voice-controlled texting will be allowed effective Jan. 1, 2012.

¦Minors are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving - with or without hands-free accessories.

¦School bus operators and transit bus drivers prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

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