Is it illegal to use my cellular telephone while I'm driving?

California law does not prohibit the use of a hands-free wireless telephone while operating a vehicle if you are 18 years of age or over. However, the CHP recommends common sense in its use and we urge users to familiarize themselves with their cellular telephone features and follow these tips:

  • If possible, dial while the car is not in motion, such as at a traffic light or stop sign.
  • Learn to operate the phone without looking at it.
  • Never allow a phone conversation to distract you from driving.
  • Keep calls brief.
  • While talking, keep your head up and your eyes on the road, with frequent checks of side and rearview mirrors.
  • Don't take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
  • If you must check information, arrange to call back and do your research while the car is safely stopped.

Two new laws concerning cell phone use went into effect July 1, 2008. See a list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) regarding the new laws.

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