In a vote late Wednesday, California Legislators passed a bill which will make using conventional mobile phones while operating a motor vehicle illegal. If signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, drivers will instead have to use a hands-free device while driving.
The bill would go into effect July 1, 2008. If a driver is caught using a cell phone without a hands-free device, the first offense will cost $20 -- $50 for each subsequent offense.
The bill, SB 1613
, introduced by Senator Joe Simitain of Palo Alto, will be on its way to the Governor's office where it is yet unclear whether or not he will sign it.