Texting and Driving Laws in the State of California

September 21st, 2018 by


Sixteen states ban the use of a handheld cell phone while driving, and California is one of those sixteen states. Texting and driving is illegal in the state of California, as well. Learn about the texting and driving laws – otherwise known as distracted driving laws – here at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto.

Handheld Phones Are Illegal to Use While Driving

As mentioned, it is illegal for anyone to use a handheld cell phone while driving. While passengers are still free to use handheld phones in any circumstance, a driver is only allowed to use a handheld cell phone if and only if:

  • s/he is an authorized emergency vehicle operator.
  • s/he is operating a vehicle on private property.
  • s/he is placing an emergency call.

For the first and the second offense, Modesto drivers can expect to pay a $20 and $50 base fine, respectively. However, after assessments are added up, one can expect totals between $150 and $250.

Bluetooth®* Hands-Free Calling

If you’re an adult aged 18 or older, then you are allowed to place phone calls, receive text messages, and send text messages via a Bluetooth®* hands-free device, as long as you don’t cover both ears. Remember, this means you can only call and text if you’re not using an actual handheld phone, if you’re not moving your hands from the wheel, and if your eyes are still on the road. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz models feature Bluetooth®* Hands-Free connectivity to the COMAND® infotainment system, so Merced drivers can still obey the law.

Teen Driving Laws

For teen drivers under the age of 18, the laws on the use of phones while driving is more restrictive. In fact, it is illegal for drivers under 18 to use a wireless phone or any other kind of electronic communications device to speak or text while driving. The only exception to this law is in the case of an emergency to contact police, the fire department, or medical assistance.

Learn More About Teen Driving Laws and Distracted Driving Laws with Mercedes-Benz of Modesto

The staff at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto wants you to stay safe on the streets of Stockton. So make the trip from Stanislaus to our dealership for a tutorial on how to stay connected on the go without putting yourself at risk. While you’re here, find out how we’re here to keep drivers safe and give back to the community, and don’t hesitate to contact us at any time!

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