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New driving laws go into effect


Last updated 1/8/2009 at Noon

With the beginning of 2009, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) started pulling over drivers who are text messaging while driving, and lawmakers are adding more penalties in an effort to keep repeat offenders of drunk driving off the road.

Driving regulation SB28 makes it an infraction to write, send or read text-based communications on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Previously, this was only illegal for individuals under 18 years of age.

CHP Officer Eric Newbury said the law is simply a way to solidify that “hands-free...

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