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Schwarzenegger signs bill to outlaw texting while driving

September 24, 2008 |  4:49 pm

Our own Nancy Vogel sends this update on what's what in Sacramento:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this afternoon outlawed text-messaging while driving.

He signed legislation banning drivers from sending, writing or reading messages on electronic devices starting in January.

Two months ago, drivers were barred from talking on cell phones except with hands-free devices.

“Building on legislation already helping save lives in California,” said Schwarzenegger in a press release, “I am happy to sign this bill because it further encourages safe and responsible driving.”

The bill, SB 28 by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), imposes a $20 fine for a first offense and $50 fine for each subsequent violation.

Still in the hopper -- no driving with pets on your lap.

--Veronique de Turenne