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California Friday legalized hands-free texting and email while driving using voice-operated technology, with Governor Jerry Brown signing Assembly Bill 1536 into law. It takes effect Jan. 1. "Today marks a huge victory for drivers as this bill will allow Californians to communicate safely and responsibly while on the road," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Orange County, in a statement issued when the bill went to the governor's desk.
Updated, 8:25 p.m. ET: A representative from the assemblyman's office explained that the bill "was not crafted to apply to phones," but rather to allow in-dash navigation and messaging systems to be operated within the law.
Originally posted by KilrathiLG
reply to post by dayve
step one have a smart phone,step two calibrate your voice to it,step 3(for my phone at least) say the key word that turns on the program that lets you text for me it is "shabam" followed by a recipient. for example shabam text amanda im on my way see you in 5 it will (assuming calibrated correctly) put what you say into a text message and automatically send your verbal message via text to the recipient named (least on android phones) kinda nifty works for call to if you set it up correctly
for me it is "shabam"
Originally posted by JohnnyTHSeed
Why shouldn't we be able to talk and drive at the same time?
When done correctly, this is no different from having a hands free conversation on the phone or with a person in the passenger seat.
Originally posted by DavidWillts
Yeah, no big deal. It texts through your voice and reads texts to you as they come in. I see some members desperately need the state to tell them what to do.
More like we need such laws to protect people from idiots that would text while driving.
If it ever comes to pass as law here and some fool kills someone I know and does so while texting or using a mobile, I'll ignore the law and seek vengeance of my own undertaking.
Maybe then they can create a law that says anyone who takes the life of someone guilty of texting while driving and it results in death, can also be legally acknowledged and found innocent.
We're going so far backward in society that we may as well start using clubs and spears..