State Bill 28, written by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), specifically bans the use of an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving a motor vehicle. The bill would impose a base fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.
This bill complements an existing law which Gov. Schwarzenegger signed in 2006. SB 1613, also by Senator Simitian, requires motorists to use hands-free devices while talking on a mobile phone when driving a motor vehicle.