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Part II: What are the distracted driving laws in CA?

Have you ever gone to work and realized you left your cellphone charging on your bedside table? Were you tempted to return home to get it? If you are like many Americans, you probably felt uneasy throughout the day, like you were disconnected from the world.

Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to disconnect for even short periods of time, when they are traveling from one place to another. The hazards posed by those who use their cellphone when behind the wheel are real and life threatening.

To protect everyone on the road, there are laws in California prohibiting certain distracted driving behaviors.

For instance, all motorists in California are banned from using a handheld cellphone while on the road. In addition, drivers are not allowed to send text messages when behind the wheel.

Stricter laws are in place for bus drivers and novice drivers in California. All motorists under the age of 18 are considered novice drivers in California. Those groups of motorists are prohibited from using any type of cellphone — even if it has hands-free capabilities — when they are driving.

When people ignore these laws and use their cellphone behind the wheel, the consequences can be tragic. In 2013 alone, over 3,150 people died in distracted driving collisions in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not only did thousands of people lose their lives because of people using their cellphones when driving, over 424,000 people suffered injuries in such accidents, as well.

Where do you keep your cellphone when you’re driving? Do you do anything in particular to avoid the temptation of checking your phone while you’re behind the wheel? 

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