Californians! Because our state government feels it must protect everything you do, the governor has signed AB 1785 written by (and you are going to love the name…) Assemblyman Bill Quirk. It is known as the “Distracted Driving” update. Originally passed a few years back, the old law said you should not text while driving and it attached a fine if you are caught. This makes sense, because we have all driven behind some numbskull who is not paying attention to the traffic and playing with their phone.
So, now we have an update to that law and you should bring this to the attention of every employee you have that uses a company vehicle or drives on company business. Basically, the new law says that if you touch your phone or other electrical device FOR ANY REASON while driving, it is a violation and subject to a ticket and fine. Specifically, you can mount a phone or GPS device on the windshield and you are allowed to do a “one-swipe” gesture which allows for the use of GPS but does not allow texting or other items.
These changes were proposed to meet the 2014 appeals court decision to move the emphasis from the action (calling or texting) to the devices.
We are not posting this to cause a discussion on whether a change like this will eliminate accidents, but we feel a technological change would be better. They have software that can disable cellphone use while driving, but refuse to implement it. So, please inform your employees so that they and you are not subject to fines or tickets.