Teens: hang up and drive in California

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Gadgets

Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill prohibiting teenagers from using "mobile service devices" -- including cell phones, iPhones, pagers, laptops, and other such gadgets -- while driving. There are already more than a dozen other states that bar teens from using a phone while driving. The law takes effect July 1st, 2008 and applies to all drivers under the age of 18.

"I know that driving and having a cell phone are a rite of passage for our children, but the combination is clearly a deadly one," said Sen. Joe Simitian, who authored the law. This is, if you ask me, a darn good idea. Kids seem to think it's okay to use their gear while driving, even though it can have disastrous consequences. It makes sense to me to put restrictions on them until they're old enough and wise enough to do the right thing on their own.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.