V C Section 23124 Wireless Telephone Use Prohibition Persons Under 18

Wireless Telephone Use: Prohibition : Persons Under 18

23124.  (a) This section applies to a person under the age of 18 years.

(b) Notwithstanding ( )1 Sections 23123 and 23123.5, a person described in subdivision (a) shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone ( )2 or an electronic wireless communications device, even if equipped with a hands-free ( )3 device.

(c) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.

(d) A law enforcement officer shall not stop a vehicle for the sole purpose of determining whether the driver is violating subdivision (b).

(e) Subdivision (d) does not prohibit a law enforcement officer from stopping a vehicle for a violation of Section 23123 or 23123.5.

(f) This section does not apply to a person using a wireless telephone or a mobile service device for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to, an emergency call to a law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services agency or entity.

(g) For the purposes of this section, ( )4 "electronic wireless communications device” includes, but is not limited to, a broadband personal communication device, specialized mobile radio device, handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, pager, and two-way messaging device.

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Added Sec. 4, Ch. 214, Stats. 2007. Effective January 1, 2008. Operative July 1, 2008
Amended Sec. 1, Ch. 754, Stats. 2013. Effective January 1, 2014.
The 2013 amendment added the italicized material, and at the point(s) indicated, deleted the following:
1. "Section 23123, "
2. ", "
3. "device, or while using a mobile service "
4. ""mobile service "
5. "(h) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2008."