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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Schwarzenegger to Sign first-of-its-kind Law Banning Mobile Device Use by Drivers

This afternoon, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a bill banning any mobile device use by any driver under age 18. This includes, but is not limited to, a cell phone, a broadband personal communication device, specialized mobile radio device, handheld device or lap top computer.

These types of laws are supported by the Governors Highway Safety Asoociation as the association says it believes they give parents another tool to ensure the safety of their teen.

According to Chairman Christopher Murphy, who is also head of the California Office of Traffic Safety, "This is the first legislation of its kind in the country to include all mobile devices and to apply to all drivers under age 18. It is far more encompassing than just cell phones and
for those teens with provisional licenses or learners permits. Teens are attached to their cell phones and parents need to set strict rules that the phone and all other devices need to be off while driving. As a coach of teens and a parent, I know that young people are inseparable from these high-tech toys. It's a challenge, but parents need to reinforce that driving is a privilege that is only earned by safe behavior."

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