Cell phone ban may be extended to bicyclists
April 10, 2010
California’s tough cell phone regulations currently applied to drivers may be extended to bicyclists across the state. [KTVU]
Legislation being introduced in Sacramento would ban bicyclists from talking on a cell phone without a headset, or texting while riding. A first offense ticket would cost $100.
State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) authored the bill, which has already been endorsed by Bay Area bike advocates. The bill has already cleared the Senate Transportation Committee and will soon come up for a vote. Simitian said he is optimistic about the proposed law being passed.
Simitian’s bill also has implications for drivers. Fines for moving violations would almost double and further penalize car drivers by adding a point to the DMV driving record for the same behavior.