On July 1, 2008, it will be illegal to talk on a hand-held cell phone and drive a car in California. The bill was sponsored by state Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto. This is one of the legal responses to the hazard of distracted drivers on our nation’s roads and highways.

Studies show that talking on a cell phone, while you drive, is about as dangerous as a San Diego California DUI or driving drunk in San Diego California.

Talking on a cell phone may get you struck by lightning. http://www.struckbylightning.org .

Officials in California say that most accidents result from drivers being distracted. Legislatures have passed laws against use of cell phones while driving. Text messaging while driving has also been the target of state prohibitions.

Senator Simitian’s cell phone bill, SB 1613, was signed by the Governor in September and will go into effect on July 1, 2008. The senator’s new legislation, SB 33, would forbid anyone under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while driving.

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