New Hands-Free Driving Law in California for 2017

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New Hands-Free Driving Law in California for 2017

 

A new law in California takes the notion of hands-free while using a smart phone to a new level.

 

The new law, AB1785, takes effect on January 1, 2017 and requires that drivers have their smartphones mounted in their cars when in use. That means you can’t just hold your phone in your hand using the speakerphone.

 

The handheld wireless telephone or “electronic wireless communications device” must now be either mounted on the windshield (lower right or left corner) in a way that does not interfere with the driver’s vision, or on the dashboard or center console.

 

Plus the device must be activated by either a single tap or swipe of the driver’s finger.

 

The first offense will cost you $20, and each successive offense is $50.

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Will Hamm
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Wow Jeff Dowler, I have to remember that if I come out to San Diego this year.  hope rental cars have a mount already.  Always love going to the Poseidon in Del Mar

 

 

Dec 27, 2016 09:43 AM #1
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Belinda Spillman
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This is a great idea.  Luckily I have Sync and can call and talk to people without touching anything but the wheel.  

Dec 27, 2016 10:06 AM #2
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Jeff, makes sense, I too have Sync, best thing ever! I've seen people multi-tasking while driving, not good at all.

Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM #3
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I have a handsfree headset for the car.  My car has bluetooth, but I disconnected that simply because passengers hear the entire conversation and it offers no privacy.  I do however miss telling Siri by a tap on the steering wheel who to text.  But maybe with my new 7 and the hey Siri feature I won't anymore.

Dec 27, 2016 12:14 PM #4
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Jeff - That's a good law and it's going to save some lives, but I'm surprised that the fines are so low.

Dec 27, 2016 12:26 PM #5
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I am not thrilled about this. I think unless you have a voice-activated system in your car then they should not be used at all. It only takes a second of distration to cause an accident.  

Dec 27, 2016 12:53 PM #6
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Cody Carmen
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Good to know! Right or wrong, the new law is one that affects a lot of us.

Dec 27, 2016 01:55 PM #7
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Interesting law.  Does that mean it overrides the blue-tooth hands free consistent with newer cars?

Dec 27, 2016 04:30 PM #8
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Jeff leave it up to California to come up with a new cell phone law.  I guess there isn't enough of them on the books.

Dec 27, 2016 04:39 PM #9
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Jeff - what is you have you phone in your pocket as i do and the car has blue tooth for the call to come in?

Dec 27, 2016 06:16 PM #10
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Hi Will Hamm  - they likely do, or have them available (wonder if you have to payfpr them??). The law might not apply for visitors but it doesn't seem to say in the regulation, and don't rely on me for that! LOL

Jeff

Dec 27, 2016 06:43 PM #11
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Belinda Spillman  - there are more and more people who have systems like that it seems

I see the same here, too Beth Atalay 

Hi Dick Greenberg  - I thought the same as well. Doesn't seem like much of a deterrent, does it?!

Jeff

Dec 27, 2016 06:45 PM #12
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Hi Jane Peters  - more and more people have voice activation systems and that is not impacted by the law.

Tammy Lankford,  - I know a number of people who have done the same thing with their bluetooth.

It does indeed Cody Carmen and I bet there are plenty of people who won't like it. I wonder how many even know about the new law?

Jeff

Dec 27, 2016 06:49 PM #13
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Debbie Reynolds
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I have the windshield mount and bluetooth and it is a great combination. I have been using bluetooth through my vehicles for over 10 years. Once you get used to it, there is no other way.

Dec 27, 2016 07:27 PM #14
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Hi Ed Silva  - good question. My reading of the bill says that this does not impact those systems

There is always something it seems, George Souto .   There are some other new laws on the books for January 1, too.

Grant Schneider  - interesting question. I'm not sure. It would seem that as long as you are not handling the phone. I'm sure there will be more in the news about this new law and how to truly comply

Jeff

Dec 27, 2016 09:49 PM #15
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Debbie Reynolds 

I have used a wireless head set. I rarely take or make calls in the car anymore unless I really need to. Even with a speaker on it can get a bit distracting.

Jeff

Dec 27, 2016 09:51 PM #16
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Jeff. Great law, as far as I'm concerned. I've been hands-free in my car through the console for 15 years now. Can't imagine doing it any other way.

Dec 28, 2016 05:39 AM #17
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Mike Bjork
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Thanks, Jeff!  This is good information.  I've had a few friends receive tickets for just having the phone in their hands (not being used).

Dec 28, 2016 09:41 AM #18
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