The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station are set to enforce new cell phone laws this summer.
Come July 1st, two new laws dealing with the use of cell phones while driving will be in effect. Say goodbye to using your handheld cell phone while driving in Santa Clarita. The days of people driving with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the cell phone are long gone, due to the new cell phone law that will prohibit the use of any handheld cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.
While adult drivers may use a wireless phone, all motorists under the age of 18 are not permitted to use any cell phone, whether hand-free or not, while operating a vehicle. Studies have shown that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in car crashes as opposed to older drivers due to their vulnerability to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating, drinking, talking or texting on wireless phones.
Of course, there is an exception for those who need to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency service agency. Those who operate a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pick-ups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or two truck, can use a two way radio operated by a “push to talk” feature.
While the base fine for the first offense is $20, according to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, the fine would total $76. If caught again, the driver would be fined $190.
Even though the violation would be a reportable offense and will appear on the person’s driving record, the DMV will not assign a violation point to the individual’s drivers license.
No warnings will be issued and everyone, whether from California or not, is subject to the new law and its consequences.
One issue that wasn’t covered in the new laws was that of text messaging while driving. While the sheriffs department strongly discourages texting on the road, the law does not specifically say it is illegal. But, a driver can be pulled over if they, in the officer’s opinion, are distracted and not operating the vehicle safely.
For more facts on the new cell phone laws, click here .