The San Diego Police Department recently released the following information about the new wireless phone laws will take effect in California on July 1.
The Police Department will allow a 30-day grace period; thus we will begin issuing citations on these violations beginning August 1, 2008. This
does not include the California Highway Patrol or other agencies
- on the local San Diego Police Department.
Additional details about the new laws include:
- - Drivers can make emergency calls to emergency service agencies even if they do not have a hands-free device
- - A minimum fine for the first offense (in San Diego County) is $97 and a second offense is $211
- - Other law enforcement agencies in our county may or may not exercise a grace period
- - These laws apply to anyone driving in the state of California; passengers are not affected
- - The speaker function of your wireless phone is acceptable to use as a hands-free device
- - Push-to-talk type phones are not acceptable to use under these laws
- - It is acceptable to dial a cell phone but it is not recommended that drivers dial while driving
- - If you are cited for either of these laws, the violation will appear on your driving record and remain there for 36 months but a point will not be added to your record