California: ditch the cell phone!

The days of driving while holding a cell phone to your ear are over beginning Tuesday, when California rolls out two new laws in a statewide effort to push safety on the road.

The first law requires drivers to use hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth earpieces, headsets or speakerphone technology. The second prohibits 16-and 17-year-old drivers from any cell phone use.

Local law enforcement agencies have been briefed on the regulations and will be ready to pull over and cite drivers who haven’t gone hands free Tuesday. The law offers no grace period.

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