Hands-Free says Me!

I’m not sure if it’s happening in other states, but California’s hands-free law just went into effect on Jul 1. Here’s what it says. Well, there are actually two laws. SB 1613 says:

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.

The other law, SB 33, further amends the California vehicle code to prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, even if equipped with a hands-free device, or while using other types of mobile communications devices.

Pretty strict on the under 18 crowd – they can’t use a cell phone, even with a hands-free device! I can’t say I disagree, though. I know that personally, I was ill-equipped to pay attention to everything I needed to pay attention to when I was first learning to drive. I got into three accidents and got two speeding tickets before I was 19. I did get one other speeding ticket when I was 21, but I was just speeding on purpose, so that’s fair.

So anyway, I’m a law-abiding citizen. I’ve got my handy Bluetooth Headsets. I don’t really mind it, except it always gets tangled in my hair, and since I wear glasses, it’s a little uncomfortable with everything behind my ear.

My phone is a Moto Q, so I was happy to find a Motorola Bluetooth. I didn’t have to buy any extra Bluetooth accessories, because my car charger and wall charger for my phone also work for my headset. Pretty efficient, right?

Now I just have to get my husband to stop texting while he’s driving. He’s the worst.