Schwarzenegger to sign bill at Sequoia high school

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be joined by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, at a Redwood City high school today to sign a bill that bans teenagers from using electronic devices while driving, according to a statement released by the governor's office.

SB 33, introduced by Simitian, prohibits drivers under age 18 from using electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers and laptops while on the road.

The bill passed the state Senate on Aug. 30 with a vote of 23 to 14, according to Simitian's office.

Under the bill, first-time violators will be fined $20 and fines of $50 will be issued for subsequent violations.

Schwarzenegger and Simitian will convene at Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., at 1:15 p.m.

Last year, Schwarzenegger signed SB 1613 – also authored by Simitian – into law, requiring all California drivers using cell phones to use a hands-free device. That law goes into effect also on July 1, 2008.

— Bay City News

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