Starting today the California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act (S.B. 1613) signed by Governor Schwarzenegger goes into effect.
The new law will make it illegal to drive while using a cell phone unless the phone is configured to allow hands-free listening and talking and is used in that manner while driving. Violations of the law carry a fine of $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses.
Having a written policy in place that addresses your organization’s expectations for cell phone use during working hours and while driving on company business is essential–especially if you have employees who regularly drive as part of their jobs and frequently need to make business calls while on the road.
Source: Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor