Distracted driving bill passes committee in California

| 1/21/2004

A bill that targets distracted driving is headed through the California General Assembly.

According to the Assembly’s Web site, AB1511 would make it illegal for a driver to engage in any activity unrelated to operating the vehicle if that activity interferes with safe driving. Drivers would be subject to the bill if they were cited for a traffic law violation while engaging in the distracting activity.

AB1511 was first introduced early in 2003. It failed in committee in April, but was resurrected Jan. 5, 2004. It passed the Assembly Transportation Committee Jan. 13 by a vote of 11-2, and is now headed to the Appropriations Committee.

The bill was introduced by Assemblyman John Benoit, R-Bermuda Dunes.