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The San Diego Police Department just sent out an outline containing some more details on the new state laws regarding cell phone use while driving.
Basically, the law, which goes into effect on July 1, forbids drivers under 18 from using cell phones at any time while driving. Drivers over the age of 18 can use cell phones only if they use a hands-free device.
The SDPD is allowing a 30-day grace period for the new laws and will begin writing citations on Aug. 1, the press release states.
Here are some more details:
- First offenders will be fined $97 in San Diego County. Second offenders will be fined $211.
- Other police departments might not have a grace period.
- Passengers aren’t affected by the new laws, they can still use cell phones.
- Using a speakerphone on a cell phone counts as a hands-free device.
- A violation will stay on your record for 36 months, but won’t result in a point on your record.