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AB 45: Hands-Free Cell Phones (2003)


AB 45 (2003) would have required California motorists to use a hands-free device when talking on a cell phone while driving.  By requiring drivers to use headsets, ear-pieces, or speaker phones—all of which qualify as “hands free”—the number of cell phone-related distracted-driving accidents would drop, increasing the safety of our roads and saving lives.

Final Status and Text

AB 45 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Did not pass the Legislature

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about AB 45

02/22/2010 - Simitian Legislation To Strengthen Hands-Free/Texting Laws

07/03/2003 - Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill to be Heard in Senate Transportation Committee

05/29/2003 - Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill Passes Out of Assembly

05/28/2003 - Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill to be Heard on Assembly Floor

05/20/2003 - Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill Headed for Key Vote

03/03/2003 - Third Time’s a Charm for Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill

02/28/2003 - Press Advisory: Simitian to Hold Press Conference on Hands-free Cell Phone Bill (AB 45)