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New Laws Target Tech in California on New Year’s Day

A new year always means new laws taking effect on January 1st.  Here are a couple set to kick-in just as you swill your first celebratory champagne at the stroke of midnight tonight.

If you engage in the dangerous practice of “driving while texting” SB 28 makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving.  This addressed a quirk in a previous law that mandated hands free driving that somehow left out written communications.

Another new law, SB 1567, requires portable GPS devices that are affixed to a vehicle windshield to be placed either in a seven-inch square in the lower right corner of the windshield or in a five-inch square in the lower left corner, while the vehicle is being driven. Motorists may still mount a GPS device on top of the dashboard as long as it doesn’t block their view of the road. The device must not be placed so that it interferes with the deployment of an air bag. The fine for a violation is approximately $108 including penalties, depending on the county.

Happy New Year from all of us at SADA Systems, Inc.!

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