California New Cell Phone Law – What Do You Need To Know?

California’s new cell phone law takes effect on January 1. Assembly Bill 1785, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, bans the use of a handheld cellphone or other wireless communications device unless the “device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.” Lawmakers and others are hopeful the new law will reduce the number of distracted driving accidents caused by the use of handheld cell phones.