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Monday, June 30, 2008

Ready for the Hands Free Law?

July 1st marks the first day of California's "Hands Free" law requiring motorists to use headsets with their mobile phone. What you may not know is that drivers under the age of 18 aren't allowed to use a mobile phone while driving unless they are in an emergency situation. For more specifics, see the DMV FAQ on Wireless Wireless Telephone Laws.

If you have a fairly recent phone and bluetooth capability, a bluetooth headset will probably be your best bet. The brand for the bluetooth headset does not have to match the phone -- so don't feel like you have to pay through the nose at your cellular phone provider's store. Radio Shack and other electronic stores have plenty of choices and have been hitting the sales and the advertising pretty hard in recent weeks. If you drive a great deal, you might want to try a hands free microphone that is built into your car. Some of you may even have cars with bluetooth ability which can route your cell phone through your car speakers...

Whatever the case, I'm glad people will sometimes now "get off the phone and drive". Phone calls are still a distraction -- but at least now we won't be seeing people drive with their ear to their shoulder while they are merging unto the freeway.


Anonymous nomdecrayola said...

I'm digging going hands-free so that now I can engage in other legal activities while I drive like applying makeup, eating and reading.

7/01/2008 3:46 PM  
Anonymous crazee driver said...

...add texting, drinking coffee and holding the dog on the lap while changing the CD, checking the navigation device for the best place for lunch, and swerving around the roundabout. Phones are only part of the problem.

7/01/2008 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Can you hear me? said...

Phones are clearly a problem and glad to see this stopped. Impossible to ride a bike or even cross streets anymore walking because of so many drivers yaking on their cell phones instead of paying attention to the road.

7/01/2008 10:13 PM  
Anonymous nomdecrayola said...

assuming, that is, that your bike comes to a complete stop at every red light and stoplight, yes? can't tell you the number of times I've nearly been clobbered by a bicyclist while in a crosswalk.

7/02/2008 8:04 AM  

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