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California's Hands Free Driving Law Mandates That You Use a Bluetooth Earpiece, Speaker, or Corded Earphone

What Hands-Free Accessory Do You Have For Driving?

Starting today, putting that cell phone to your ear while you're on the road will earn you a ticket if you're in California. Our state is joining NYC in making it illegal to talk on a cell phone unless you're using a hands-free device while driving. Savvy geeks like us may already own devices (I have an earpiece even though I'm not a driver), but some people will surely be popping into the store to grab a new accessory.

Whether you're planning on buying something or already have a device, what's your hands-free gadget of choice? Are you an earpiece sporter, do you have a Bluetooth speaker, or will you choose to use a corded earpiece (ala the iPhone's earbuds)?


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robertsmith robertsmith 9 years
Hi to all, this is smith,I am new to this site but your site was excellent. -------------- smith California Dui
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I'm a big fan of the new law in LA... I finally broke down and got the bluetooth (the cheapest one they had at Staples!) and I didn't think that talking on my phone distracted me that much until i noticed how much easier it was talking on the bluetooth! I work for a non-profit, so not picking up is rarely an option!
jrebeccat jrebeccat 9 years
I agree with Morgs - even the cops are ignoring the law and talking while driving here in CT.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
If you're on the road as much as it seems, you have my sympathy. It's a war zone out there!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Lainetm, I totally agree with you. I had heard they tried to make this more of an all encompassing law to include other things like texting and emailing but took it out as they just don't have good laws on the books to deal with these "new" digital distractions. If they try and bundle too many things together the politicians find ways to spin doctor certain aspects of the law and get it voted out. I am hoping that they will move forward and add/enforce other distractions as well.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
macgirl, I don't know whether there are laws or not, but it just seems to be sloppy legislating to me. Why not just make one law governing distracted / negligent / reckless driving and be done with it? I'm always in favor of regulating the *behavior* instead of the contributing cause, because that's when it rises to a public issue. For instance, it's not illegal for me to have anger issues *until* I abuse my children.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I do understand why some people don't think this is a good law. As someone that is on and off the road more than most people I can tell you that the last three days of driving have been bliss. I haven't been almost hit in three days. I think the knots in my shoulders are starting to loosen up a bit. Maybe my gray hairs will go away too? I love it. I was under the impression that there were laws in california about dogs and food, maybe they just need to be enforced.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I have an old Motorola bluetooth that I love, so I didn't bother to replace it when I upgraded my phone. Eventually.... This is still a bad law, though, and a great example of why government should not be allowed to micromanage our lives. There are no laws about other distractions, like dogs on laps and eating in the car. They have shown that taking to other passengers in the car is just as distracting a talking on a cellphone. Distracted driving is the *real* issue.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i rarely talk on the phone and drive. i'm too busy talking back to the radio or singing along to my ipod
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
hey geek, do you know of any cute bluetooth devices - maybe colorful or with cute design or something (preferably at lower prices)? please...
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
I am not a fan of the new law because no matter which device you use, the sound quality is just not as good as a phone to your ear. I love talking on my phone in the car. Its how I catch up with everyone. My car has some sort of phone hook-up, so now I'll have to investigate...
Asche Asche 9 years
People who talk and drive should be arrested. Cops in California will initially crack down on violators, but, as we've seen on the east coast, they forget about it after a bit.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I've been using bluetooth since they first came out - the ugly big Motorola (which they still sell) was my first. I've been married to my flamingo for almost 3 years. Love it!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I just bought a new car this weekend and it comes with bluetooth so I will be primarily using that. I also have the red jawbone for my iphone and that works great too.
bronwynsj bronwynsj 9 years
At the risk of sounding promotional - for me, the biggest nightmare danger of driving isn't talking.. it's dialing into the 5 freakin' conference calls i have each day. Since I'm always running around, i have found myself dialing into them from the road. I know, bad idea. I recently started working with a startup that solves this... no more passcodes or long dial in numbers. dials OUT to everyone. That's my sassiest accessory. When it's time for a meeting, my phone just rings.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I have my Apple Bluetooth headset which I use most of the time, if I need to talk on the phone in the car. It is so tiny I am in constant fear that I'm going to lose it. I'm having my Garmin Nuvi 760 installed in my car today that also has hands free (it was supposed to be yesterday but that's another story). I'm looking forward to it and not having to have something in my ear. But can I just say it was so nice to drive around today and not see people on the phone?? The only person I saw on the phone got busted by CHP right away. It was awesome.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 9 years
The phone I have came with a crappy headset,nokia 5030,and I'm shopping around for a nice one. I'm really not a fan of bluetooth ear pieces. There is way too much "well maybe" going on about health risks linked to those.
hex913 hex913 9 years
My new car came equipped with bluetooth pairing through the speakers. It's pretty cool so I don't have to hassle with an earpiece anymore.
Ryot Ryot 9 years
I bought a new car two months ago, and a bluetooth pairing on the car itself was one of my few requirements. Not sure how I lived without it.
azuresugar azuresugar 9 years
My car has a handsfree link as well. I usually keep my phone calls very brief while driving anyway.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I don't talk on the phone much in the car, and rarely for more than a minute. If I need to, sometimes I hit the speaker phone button.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
Other- All of the above. I usually only use the earbud combo if someone calls while I'm listening to TV, though. (Voyager user)
chicobo chicobo 9 years
I have a Jawbone 2. It works great but I hardly use it. Its just for emergency purposes.
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 9 years
My car has handsfree link. So I paired the phone with car.
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