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[aprssig] No More Mobile APRS In California

Phil - AD6NH ad6nh_lists at dslextreme.com
Thu Sep 25 23:00:05 UTC 2008


Another tiddly-wink law to add to the pile of unenforceable ridiculous laws
in this state!  My opinion, of course

Text messaging in motor vehicles is about to go the way of making calls on
hand-held cell phones in California.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday that will prohibit
California drivers from text messaging beginning Jan. 1. He signed Senate
Bill 28, authored by Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, that bans the use of an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication while driving a motor vehicle. There will be a fine
of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

Simitian was also the author of the legislation that limits use of cell
phones by drivers in California to hands-free devices that went into effect
July 1.

"Building on legislation already helping save lives in California, I am
happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible
driving," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Banning electronic text
messaging while driving will keep drivers' hands on the wheel and their eyes
on the road, making our roadways a safer place for all Californians."

73
Phil - AD6NH
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