Effective January 1, 2017, all residents of the state of California are prohibited from using their cell phones while driving. This does mean no texting, calling, Snapping, or Wazing – indeed, drivers are no longer allowed to hold a phone in their hand.
While texting and driving has been illegal for quite some time, this law heightens the restrictions of mobile phone use while driving with the goal of reducing the frequency of accidents caused by distracted driving. We all know that texting and driving is a main cause behind distracted driving accidents. However, using your phone for any other purposes while driving is just as likely to distract and lead to the possibility of life-threatening motor accidents.