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California takes cell phone road laws one step further with strict new policy KCRA/screenshot
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Don’t even think about texting or talking while on the road. In Sacramento, Calif., you can now forget holding your cell phone while driving.

The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

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According to the Sacramento Bee, the law against holding your phone while driving is to prevent exploitation of loopholes.

The law, AB 1785, is designed to stop people from holding their phone in hand for a variety of uses that have become popular in recent years, including checking and posting on Facebook, Snapchatting, scrolling through Spotify or Pandora playlists, typing addresses into the phone’s mapping system, or shooting videos and taking photographs.

Specifically, talking and texting on cell phones while driving had been illegal, but changing your music or recording was not.

Hands-free use of cell phones is still legal.

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Some are wondering where laws like this will stop. Will it be illegal at some point to eat while driving, for example? Why is cell phone caused distracted driving the only focus?

Carly Lederman made this observation in an interview with the Bee.

“People eat and drive too, and look down at their food,” she said, wondering why cell phones are the only source of distractions authorities seem to be cracking down on.

It’ll be worth watching to see what will happen with Sacramento ticket revenue and distracted driving statistics in 2017.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) statistics show that in 2015 cell phone distractions while driving caused 12 fatal crashes, 500 injuries and 700 instances of property damage.

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