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Will California’s Smartphone Law Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents?

California has passed new legislation aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving accidents in the state. The law would require all drivers to keep their smartphones mounted while driving, and would limit all drivers’ interactions with their phones to a single swipe or touch. California law already forbids texting or calling while driving, but this law would take a much more extreme approach to the issue. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, California ticketed 329,572 drivers for texting or making calls while driving in 2013. This new law would increase that already-sizable number. The size of the fine, however, is relatively small. First offenders would pay a $20 ticket, while repeat offenders would pay $50. Only time will truly tell if these fines will serve as an effective deterrent. Distracted driving accidents: an epidemic In an age of constant multitasking, it appears our culture in struggling with the…
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