California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that allows texting while driving — as long as the driver keeps their hands on the wheel.
Existing law prevents a driver from using a cell or smart phone to write, send or read a text-based message but the new law would allow someone to send or listen to text messages, just so long as the phone is specifically designed to allow voice-operated and hands-free text-based communication. (For example, Siri on Apple’s new iPhone).
The bill’s author, Republican assembly member Jeff Miller, has said that Americans spend an average of an hour a day commuting and that it’s unfair to require them to be out of touch while behind the wheel.
The bill had very few opponents and should go into effect on January 1st.