California passed a “hands free” cellular phone law almost two years ago, but it hasn’t gone into effect yet. That’ll change on July 1, a little less than seven weeks from today. Neither my wife nor I have purchased a hands-free headset yet, but it’s probably about time for me to look into it.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a helpful [hands-free FAQ] on their web site. High points (IMO):
– Minors are prohibited from using *any* device, hands-free or not, while driving. (Neither of my children drive yet, but I’m looking forward to pointing this out to them anyway. Insert evil parental laugh here.)
– The law is equally applicable to out-of-state drivers.
– The fines are pretty minor, and no violation “points” will be added to your driving record for an infraction.
I don’t drive much, but I’ve missed several calls while commuting on my bicycle. A hands-free device would have allowed me to hear my phone ringing over the traffic, probably–Watt Avenue can be *very* noisy! If I’m going to use my phone while riding, I’ll need to find a headset with good noise cancellation to block wind and traffic sounds from the mic.
[hands-free FAQ]: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/index.htm