California wants zero distractions on the road and they mean it.
Starting on January 1st, 2017, you will now be fined if you touch your phone while driving. That’s subject to using your camera, recalculating Google Maps and switching playlist songs.
According to Assembly Bill 1785, drivers may not use their phones unless they are mounted on the dashboard, windshield or is in voice-activation mode.
The new law does not apply to emergency services professionals such as police and firefighters while “using an electronic wireless communications device while operating an authorized emergency vehicle…in the course and scope of his or her duties,” (via CBS LA).
First time violators will be hit with a $20 fine, then becomes $50 with every offense after that.