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What might the hands-free law accomplish?

What might the hands-free law accomplish?

Unless you have been living in a cave, you are probably aware that California's hands-free cellphone laws go into effect at midnight. It appears that different agencies may enforce the law differently, according to my colleagues David Pierson and Hector Becerra in a story at The Times' website.  More...

Hands-free systems from auto manufacturers

Hands-free systems from auto manufacturers

California's two new wireless telephone laws take effect on July 1. One law (Vehicle Code Section 23124) prohibits the use of wireless telephones and hands-free devices for drivers under the age of 18 -- sorry, kids. The other law (VC Section 23123) prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle, but permits those older than 18 to use a hands-free device. If you're caught holding your cellphone up to your ear while driving, you could be subject to penalties of $76 for a first offense and of $190 for a second offense. You won't get any points on your license for an offense, just the ticket; the violation will, however, appear on your driving record.  More...

Cancer risk from cellphone use is still a matter for study

Cancer risk from cellphone use is still a matter for study

CALIFORNIANS who use hands-free cellular devices while driving may be doing themselves a favor in the long run.  More...

Hands-free cellphone use while driving won't make the roads safer, studies show. Why? Brain overload.

Hands-free cellphone use while driving won't make the roads safer, studies show. Why? Brain overload.

YOU KNOW the shot: Seen from above, the hero (or villain) is hurtling down the freeway, top down, one hand on the wheel and the other clutching a cellphone to his ear. It's Hollywood's image of how deals are made, dates are broken and gossip is shared, at 65 miles per hour.  More...

Now that your hands are free, what can you do with them?

Now that your hands are free, what can you do with them?

My first week in Los Angeles five years ago, I was simmering on the I-10, stopping and rolling between 0-40 mph, when I looked over and saw a young woman painting her nails. OK, not recommended, but not heinous, right? Except that she was painting her toenails. She had her foot up on the dash and she was dabbing red lacquer on her toes, very carefully, one by one, while steering with her knee. It was then I knew I had landed far, far from Kansas.  More...

Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models

Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models

Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn?  More...

California cellphone law may be more costly than the $20 fine

California cellphone law may be more costly than the $20 fine

The threat of a $20 fine may not sway every California driver from using a hand-held cellphone when a state ban takes effect July 1, but a motorist who ignores the law and causes an accident could face huge civil judgments or even jail if fatalities result.  More...

Keep your ear on the road with hands-free cellphone solutions

Keep your ear on the road with hands-free cellphone solutions

As of July 1, a police officer can pull you over and give you a ticket for DWT -- Driving While Talking.  More...

Cellphone law may not make roads safer

Cellphone law may not make roads safer

As California joins five other states in requiring drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on cellphones, an increasing body of research suggests the legislation will accomplish little.  More...

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