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California Bans Cell Phone Use By 16- and 17-Year-Old Drivers

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed a law on Thursday which bars the use of cell phones by drivers under 18. The law will take effect July 1, 2008.

California joins 15 states and the District of Columbia in banning the use of wireless communication devices for teenage drivers. Nearly a dozen other states are considering similar action, according to the American Automobile Association.

The Governor cited statistics by the California Highway Patrol that cell phone use is a primary cause of accidents caused by distracted drivers. He also referred to a Ford Motor Co. study saying teens are four times more likely to be distracted than adults by cell phone use.

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