California drivers have been familiar with laws that prohibit driving while texting (except through voice operated and hands-free features), but as of January 2017, a new law came into effect.
The New 2017 Law
This new law requires your device to be mounted on the windshield, dashboard or center console. The DMV clarifies that “The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it.”
The new law seeks to address recent driving behaviors and newer technology. Many drivers are texting behind the wheel, as well as reading GPS directions, reading news articles, streaming videos and taking photos.
“On average, texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds: that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.” CHP officer Jesus Chavez reported to KSBW news that “You’re not paying attention or something happens in front of you by the time your mind thinks about it and you react to it, it is definitely too late.”
Fines and Consequences
In addition to poor driving decisions and possible accidents, the new law carries the consequence of fines.
News source Kron4 reports that “The base fine for a first violation is $20 and $50 for any subsequent violations.”
While $20 or $50 may not sound like much to some, Nolo.com reminds readers that the amount is just the base fine: “The actual amount you’ll pay once assessments are added will be significantly more than the base fine. The total for a first violation will likely exceed $150, and a second or subsequent offense can cost over $250.”
Because the costs of a mount is relatively inexpensive – about the cost of the base fine – it’s well worth the investment to follow the law and purchase a mount.
And while insurance companies don’t currently consider this “non-moving violation” a point on your record, that might change. We want you to be safe and prepared!
As a gift and incentive to our clients and social media followers, we’re giving away 5 (five) smartphone car mounts.
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- The giveaway ends on May 19th 11:59PM and winners will be announced on Facebook on May 21st.