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[aprssig] No More Mobile APRS In California

Michael Carey michaelcarey at internode.on.net
Fri Sep 26 03:13:19 UTC 2008

This will make it expensive for delivery drivers who use a computer 
aided dispatch system while mobile. I presume cab companies in CA use 
similar technology for fare dispatch info as well. What about the police 
and their in-car terminals... I suppose they will be exempt and immune 
to prosecution.
This also impacts D-Star with it's 20 character in-band message that 
gets transmitted and received all the time. What about FM RDS and 
satellite radio receivers in the dash of virtually every car in CA, 
these are wireless devices and I'm sure their text displays are just as 
I just hope Australia doesn't follow too closely... I like my HamHUD 

Phil - AD6NH wrote:
> 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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