Starting January 1 of next year, drivers in California will be allowed to text while driving ONLY if it is being done hands-free through a voice command application. A CHP officer commenting on the new law made it very clear that fines will still be issued if a driver is seen holding the cell phone. He stated that hands-free is the operative term. Fines will start at $20, but could be as much as $100 once various administrative fees and penalties are taken into account.
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