California Texting and Driving Laws

December 18th, 2018 by

Man looking at phone while driving
There are many dangers of texting and driving. Texting causes distracted driving, which can lead to accidents. Many of these texting and driving accidents can be fatal; according to the CDC, in 2017, nine deaths per day were the result of distracted driving. California takes texting while driving very seriously and has put texting and driving laws in place to protect you while on the road. Learn more about Califonia’s cell phone laws and distracted driving laws below.

California Distracted Driving Laws

Distracted driving can be defined as driving while doing anything that takes your attention off the road, such as texting. To prevent distracted driving, California prohibits drivers from using hand-held phones when driving. Drivers in California are also prohibited from driving and using other hand-held devices, such as an mp3 player.

Drivers under the age of 18 have additional rules to follow. If you’re under the age of 18, you’re not allowed to talk or text on your phone at all, even if it is on a handsfree device.

How Much is a Texting Ticket in California?

The cost of a California texting ticket varies based on the number of offenses you have on your record. For a first offense, the base fine is $20 dollars. With each additional offense, prices will increase. Depending on the number of offenses or violations that you have, a texting ticket can end up costing you over $250.

Stay Safe On the Road with Mercedes-Benz Technologies

There are several Mercedes-Benz technologies that provide safe alternatives to texting and driving. Steer clear of distracted driving by using the following features:

  • Advanced Voice Control: Available on Mercedes-Benz vehicles like the CLA, advanced voice control allows you to control navigation, audio, and more with your voice.
  • Bluetooth®* Handsfree Interface: The Bluetooth® hands-free interface allows you to make phone calls handsfree, allowing drivers to avoid distracted driving. This feature is standard on many Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the GLA.

Keep Up with California Road Safety Laws with Fletcher Jones Motorcars of Fremont

We encourage you to stay safe on Milpitas and Union City roads and keep the streets safe for others by not partaking in distracted driving. Learn about more ways to stay safe when driving by getting additional information on other Mercedes-Benz safety technologies, including ATTENTION ASSIST®, from Fletcher Jones Motorcars of Fremont. Contact us or visit us near Newark today.

*Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

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