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Hands-free adults, Phone-free teens: the new frontier for California driver

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed two new laws that will go into effect July 1st - laws that he says will "save lives and improve the safety of Californians all over this state." Yup, it's time to put down the I-Phone and step out of the car. Next month hands-free phone devices will be the way to go for adults while driving - but for teens under the age of 18, no more talking and texting behind the wheel at all. Rightly so, drivers under the age of 18 won't be able to use cell phones period. Will parents feel more secure about their teen drivers? Or is the government just getting meddling with California youth? Better yet, how will teens react to a new life behind the wheel - sans phone?

* Todd Workman, officer with the CHP