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The Last Day To Text While Driving, Legally

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Today will forever be remembered as The Day The Fun Died for those Californian motorists who revel in texting-while-driving. As we flip the calendar to 2009, that act becomes illegal whether you have an iPhone, a Blackberry, or a hefty Zack Morris phones from 1992.

Text Messaging (SB 28) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving.

If you want to text-and-drive you best ready an Andrew Jackson for The Man. The first offense is a $20 fine. The fine's ceiling is $50, and that's what each subsequent offense will cost you. A handful of other driving laws go into effect 01/01/09 as well.