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Most states have strict traffic laws regarding use of a cell phone while operating a vehicle. In California, it is completely prohibited to text while driving and it is prohibited to talk on a cell phone without a hands-free device. Similarly, drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone at all, even with a hands-free device. Bus drivers are also prohibited from any cell phone usage while driving, even with a hands-free device. Violating these laws can result in an expensive cell phone ticket.
There are some exceptions and variations in these laws that effect cell phone tickets. For example, drivers over 18 may dial a phone number while driving but must use a hands-free device or speaker function to talk. If an earpiece is used, it cannot cover both of the driver's ears. If the driver is under 18, he or she cannot use any type of wireless device at any time, whether hands-free or not. The only exception is if the driver is making an emergency phone call. Typing texts, reading texts, and sending texts are prohibited for all drivers with no exceptions.
Fines associated with cell phone tickets vary depending on the law violated and the amount of times the driver has already been cited for the same violation. The standard fines and details of cell phone tickets in California are as follows:
There are ways to fight a cell phone ticket or to reduce the fine associated with a cell phone ticket. A licensed ,atraffic attorney can help explain your rights and protect you in court and/or at the DMV. An attorney will take the time to understand the specific circumstances in your situation and use specialized care in fighting the cell phone ticket for you.
If you have questions regarding challenging a cell phone ticket or you need a lawyer's assistance for fighting a cell phone ticket, you need a traffic lawyer. Attorney Search Network can help you locate a traffic lawyer that is right for you.
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