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It's Official: Texting While Driving = Illegal

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Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill today banning texting while driving in California. It will go into effect on January 1st, 2009.

"Building on legislation already helping save lives in California, I am happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible driving," Schwarzenegger said in a release via the Sacramento Bee. "Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers' hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, making our roadways a safer place for all Californians."

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The first offense will cost violators $76. Compare that to the $20 for first time violators of the cell phone use while driving law.