A law approved by the Senate on Monday says drivers must pay $500 if they are pulled over for talking or texting on their handheld device. The base fine would rise from $20 for each violation to $50 with the enactment of the new mandate. If an offender were to get a ticket more than once, they may need to pay over $500 with the extra fees. An extra point would also be added to their driving record. A senator from Palo Alto wrote the bill, and he expects that harsher penalties will be added and prevent motorists from breaking the law. “Compliance to date has been good,” said the congressman, “but there’s room for improvement. I think this will make a good law even better.”
According to news reports, an analysis of 2005 and 2010 crash statistics discovered “a significant downward trend,” however this could not be due to cell phone use. The bill also targets bicyclists who use cell phones while they ride.
, I always urge drivers to avoid distracted driving. If you or a loved one is harmed by a negligent driver, discuss your case with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can evaluate your case.