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SB 28: Texting while Driving Prohibition (2007)


SB 28 would prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle.  The law would go into effect on January 1, 2009, as an adjunct to the existing prohibitions against the operation of a cell phone without a hands-free device. 

After this bill passed the Legislature, Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor urging his signature on this bill.

For more information, you can read the SB 28 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 28 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

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

News & Press Releases about SB 28

05/14/2012 - Senate Passes Simitian Bill To Strengthen Hands-Free and No Texting Laws

03/07/2012 - Cell phone law proves effective

03/06/2012 - California drivers finally put down those cellphones and are living to tell the tale

12/15/2011 - U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers

04/01/2010 - A Cellphone Fine, Billed as Small, Is No Longer That

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

02/17/2010 - Highway Deaths and Crashes Drop in First Year of Hands-Free Cell Phone Law

01/20/2010 - Tracking down texters

10/21/2009 - Hang up and drive: State, city work to corral distractions while driving

09/30/2009 - Palo Alto Online: Simitian attends summit on distracted driving

09/29/2009 - Media Advisory: Simitian to Participate in D.C. Summit on Distracted Driving

07/28/2009 - Texts while driving even more dangerous

07/19/2009 - Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks

01/01/2009 - New year means new laws taking effect

12/23/2008 - New Year to Bring Protections for Victims of Sexual Abuse, Veterans & Seniors

09/29/2008 - Win for driving safety

09/25/2008 - Governor Signs Simitian Bill To Prohibit Text Messaging While Driving

08/22/2008 - Texting Bill on Schwarzenegger's Desk

06/20/2008 - Legislation Outlaws Text Messaging While Driving

05/13/2008 - ABC 7 Report on the Hands-Free Law