Calif. Texting Ban Hits Jan. 1

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 4:45 PM CST
This California driver doesn't quite seem to have the hang of hands-free cell use.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – California is beefing up its distracted-driving laws, DailyTech reports, with a ban on adults texting while at the wheel going into effect Jan. 1. The state instituted a hands-free law in July, at the same time prohibiting teen drivers from texting and driving; the new law extends to adults, and allows police to cite drivers they believe to be reading or writing texts, with a minimum fine of $20.