BILL WOULD KEEP TEEN DRIVERS OFF PHONE.Byline: STEVEN HARMON
MediaNews Sacramento Bureau
SACRAMENTO -- The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday that bans drivers under the age of 18 from using their cell phones -- hands-free device or not -- while they are behind the wheel.
SB 33, by Sen. Joe Simitian S. Joseph "Joe" Simitian is a Democratic California State Senator, who was elected to replace the term-limited Byron Sher in the 2004 elections. The 11th Senate District encompasses all or part of 13 cities in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, including Atherton, East , D-Palo Alto, makes it an infraction Violation or infringement; breach of a statute, contract, or obligation.
The term infraction is frequently used in reference to the violation of a particular statute for which the penalty is minor, such as a parking infraction.
INFRACTION. for those under the age of 18 to use a cell phone, pager, text-messaging device or laptop Same as laptop computer.
laptop - portable computer while driving.
It was approved on a 62-5 vote but must now go back to the Senate for a final vote on technical amendments made in the Assembly before heading to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] , who must sign or veto it in 30 days.
The Governor's Office said Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill, but Simitian is optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op . The governor has previously said he doesn't allow his daughter to talk on the cell phone while driving and he previously signed another bill by Simitian that restricts all drivers from using cell phones unless they are using a hands-free device.
That law goes into effect on July 1, 2008 -- the same date SB 33 would go into effect, if also signed into law.