ASCIP members are encouraged to inform their staff of Assembly Bill 1785 that has tightened restrictions on cellphone use while driving. A person is now prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless phone or electronic wireless communications device unless the phone or device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and is used in that manner while driving.
As a safety precaution, employees should be reminded to avoid all driving distractions, including abstaining from cell phone use while driving on district business. Members who have a cell phone usage policy in place should evaluate their current policy and adjust accordingly to conform with the new law.
ASCIP has provided a Safety Spotlight focusing on Avoiding Distracted Driving which can be found on ASCIP’s website in the “Risk Services” section under “Safety Spotlight Resources” or by clicking here:
On January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect which states a motorist can only use his or her hand to activate or deactivate a feature or function on their wireless electronic device that requires a single swipe or tap. With the new law, the devices must be mounted and then if a driver’s hand does make contact, it can only be a single touch or swipe. The law does not apply to systems that are installed by manufacturers and embedded in the vehicle.
The prior law restricted a person from using a wireless electronic device to write, send or read a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle, except through voice-operated and hands-free features.
For more information, assistance with policy development or safe driving training resources, members are encouraged to contact their Risk Services Consultant.