Crime in Your Neighborhood

Hand's Free Device Law

In Effect as of July 1, 2008

Minors (under 18 years of age) Drivers (18 years of age or older)
Are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, including a hands-free device, and/or a mobile service device (pagers, texting devices, laptops, etc.) (Vehicle code (VC) 23124). Are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless a hands-free device is used (VC 23123).
    Exceptions:
  • When making an emergency call to law enforcement, a health care provider, the fire department, or other emergency services.
  • While operating a vehicle on private property.
    Exceptions:
  • When making an emergency call to law enforcement, a health care provider, the fire department, or other emergency services.
  • While operating an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment.
  • While operating a vehicle on private property.
  • While operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle, school bus, transit vehicle, or tow truck, if using a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature.
The fines for both laws are:
  • $20, first offense plus administrative fees.
  • $50, second or subsequent offense plus administrative fees.

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