Hands Free California Law Excessively Inclusive

EWA and, possibly the LMCC, will be responding to a 2016 California law that now prohibits the use of portables, unless a driver can swipe to talk, which is not the standard in equipment used within the private wireless industry. Targeted towards the use of cellular devices, the language in the act is excessively inclusive, excluding only emergency vehicles when the mobile devices are being used in emergency situations.

The law prohibits “a person from driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communication device,” except those used in defined emergency vehicles when used for emergency purposes. The law specifically names “specialized mobile radio device” among the devices included in the definition of “wireless electronic communication device.”


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