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Regulation of In-Car Phone Use Fails in California

January 16, 2002

California legislators have rejected a measure that would have made it illegal to drive while using a handheld cellular phone.The bill was very similar to regulations that are now in force in New York.The measure would have made it illegal for California drivers to talk on a mobile phone without using a hands-free device and the penalty would have been equal to the penalty for breaking the state’s seat-belt law.Although the bill was supported by Verizon Wireless it failed as a result of intense lobbying from wireless service providers AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Sprint PCS and others who proposed a substitute bill aimed broadly at restricting "distracting activity" in a car.
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