Push-to-talk cellphones no longer exempt from hands-free driving law
People using push-to-talk cellphones while driving now need hands-free devices under a new state law that took effect this week.
The push-to-talk cellphones, which work somewhat like walkie-talkies, were initially exempt from California's 2008 hands-free cellphone law.
But a new law that took effect on Friday ended that exemption, which applied mostly to commercial drivers such as truckers and farm equipment operators.
Other laws taking effect this week include:
-- Residents who have a gas stove, fireplace or attached garage must install a carbon monoxide detector.
-- Current restaurant employees must pass a food-handling course. Those hired after Friday have 30 days to take the course, available online or in a classroom.
Read the full list of new laws here.
-- Corina Knoll