Hands Free While Driving Laws

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Holding a phone - even if you are on speaker phone is against California's "HANDS-FREE" cell phone law.
  • California has a hands-free cell phone law, which prohibits drivers from holding a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 may not use any mobile communications device at all, whether hands-free or hand-held.
  • Starting July 1, 2021, violations that occur within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same electronic device violation is subject to a point against a driver’s record.

VEHICLE CODE Division 11 Rules of the Road ARTICLE 1. Driving Offenses [23100 - 23135]   

(c) A handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device may be operated in a manner requiring the use of the driver’s hand while the driver is operating the vehicle only if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) The handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield in the same manner a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) is mounted pursuant to paragraph (12) of subdivision (b) of Section 26708 or is mounted on or affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road.

(2) The driver’s hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the handheld wireless telephone or wireless communications device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.

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