Another slap down for text messaging. Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill banning texting while driving a motor vehicle.
Drivers caught texting behind the wheel face fines of $20 for the first offense and $50 for violations after that. I would give the law a major high-five if the penalties were stiffer for this kind of hazardous conduct on our streets and roads.
The ban covers wireless devices used to write, read, or send text messages. It takes effect on January 1, 2009.
A few weeks ago on July first, a state ban against driving and using hand-held cell phones took effect. Hopefully, drivers will start to get the message that while operating a motor vehicle the priorities are to drive and pay attention to the road.