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Brown Vetoes Cell Phone Bill

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Sacramento, CA– Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have increased the fines for motorists illegally using cell phones while driving.

The governor’s office announced today that he vetoed SB28, that would have boosted the base fine from $20 to $50 for drivers who make a call while holding the phone or send a text message.

For repeat offenders it would have also increased the fine to $100 with a point against the driver’s license. With court fees, the total penalty would have been $300 for a first offense and $528 for a repeat violation.

In his veto message Brown says that for people of ordinary means, the current fines and penalties are enough.

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