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"DRIVE & TEXT" A NO-NO IN 2009. NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS BEGINNING JAN. 1, 2009

 HEAR YE-HEAR YE, all you CALIFORNIA Texting (while driving) experts folks. You only have a couple of days left to "press your luck." Soon it'll be a BIG NO NO.  Since this past July, we've been required to have a hands-free device  while talking on a cell phone when we're cruising down the road behind the wheel. Now, starting January 1, 2009, TEXTING while driving will be AGAINST THE LAW, with the same penalties as talking on a cell without a hands-free divice; $20 for the first offense and $50 for following offenses.

To check out other new laws taking affect in 2009, go to CALIFORNIA CHAMBER. And CHP Laws 2009 

Since I can barely text while sitting in my recliner, I'm pretty sure I won't turn into a law breaker anytime soon.

 

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Comment balloon 23 commentsKat DeLong • December 29 2008 05:26PM

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I just hope they enforce these laws.  I see people all the time doing this.  Very dangerous.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the warning!  Although I don't live in CA, itt always amazes me when we need to legislate stupidity. 

Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) over 9 years ago

Hey Kat, I'm now in California and see that message on he billboards! WHY do they even need to make a law? Rhetorical question....I just can't see how one is expected to keep one's eye on the traffic when texting. ;-)

Pepper

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

John: I'm with ya 100%!

New Years 2009 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Linda: Perfect description! Thanks for stopping by.

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Teri: Exactly! How the heck anyone does both--drive and text--is amazing, and STUPID!  By the way, I read on your Facebook that you were in Valencia!

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Good law. It would appear that common sense would prevail and not need such a law, but. . . . . .

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Lenn: Some people have NO common sense is the problem. It's HARD to believe, isn't it, that people have to be told NOT to do DANGEROUS THINGS? I say duhhhhhh

New Years 2009 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

wish they'd pass that soon here...they're trying....because I sure know what it's like to drive behind a kid texting!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

Hi Kat, I love your widget(?) on your responses. I'm not sure if that is a law in Colorado... but it should be. I hardly ever text- I can't imagine doing it and trying to drive at the same time!! Happy New Year!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Kat- I am still amazed we even had to pass this law :)  Good thing you put it out there as we see there are people that come to CA that might not know, like Teri. 

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 9 years ago

Woo-hoo: They should pass it everywhere..but it's a shame they HAVE to pass it.

New Years 2009 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Mary:  I'm with you.... can't hardly text when I'm not driving!   My widget really isn't a widget, it's a smiley.  Go to www.smileycentral.com   

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Kathy: Isn't it something? Having to TELL people NOT to do something so horribly dangerous!

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Kat! between widgets, smilies, texting,Iphones, Mp3, Wii,.... I can't keep up :-)

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Kat,

So glad they are putting this law into effect in a few days!  As for me, I can barely text while I'm standing still, let alone trying to maneuver a car at the same time! So glad they haven't passed the law about painting your toenails, while drinking hot coffee and driving at the same time yet! ;O)

Posted by Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging (Empire Home Staging Solutions) over 9 years ago

Michelle: I can still put on my mascara (while driving) though, right?

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Kat,

Why, YOU wear mascara?...and all this time, I thought you were a natural born beauty! ;0)

Posted by Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging (Empire Home Staging Solutions) over 9 years ago

Michelle: Oh, I sure had you fooled. LOL   Lately, I've been spending so much time home (working and not) that I haven't had to put on my face. I LOVE those days!

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Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Kat - Happy new year to you!  I think this law is long overdue.  It made no sense to me when they outlawed talking with a phone to your ear because it was a distraction, but they allowed texting while driving.  Which is more distracting?  Unless you can text without looking at the keys, I can't see how that was okay.  Now if they would just enforce it!  Driving around town I still see drivers with cell phones to ears.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 9 years ago

Susan: Texting while driving is one of the (in my opinion) the most dangerous thing you can do in car, next to driving drunk.  Isn't it crazy they even have to make a low forbidding it?    I HOPE, like you, THEY do enforce it.

Happy NEW YEAR to you, too.

New Years 2009 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Kat;  I'm faster at texting than when I started (took me 20 minutes at first for just a few sentences) but would never try it driving. Good law though as many people do this!

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) over 9 years ago

Hi Eileen: I'm still at the 20 minutes a sentence... LOL   Thanks for stopping by.

New Years 2009 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

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