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New Cell Phone Law

San Andreas, CA — Beginning in July 2008, motorists must use hands-free devices to operate cell phones.

The San Andreas CHP office says Governor Schwarzenegger signed a law that prohibits the use of cellular phones while driving in California.

There are exemptions for emergency calls to police, fire and ambulance services.

The fine for the first offense is $20. Subsequent violations are $50.

The CHP reports there were a little over 1,000 collisions due to cell phones in 2005 versus 100 with the hands free device.

Written by Vanessa Turner.