California Bill (AB47) Aims To Increase Penalty For Using Cell Phone While Driving

California lawmakers are taking a tough stance on distracted driving.  A new bill aims to increase the penalty for using your cell phone behind the wheel.

“Most accidents are caused by distracted driving,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Solano County).

Distracted driving accidents happen more than a thousand times a day in the U.S. Now Frazier is pushing the Golden State to take a tougher stance on the dangerous practice.

“Right now, the base fine for distracted driving is $20, and you compare that to if you litter in the state of California, it’s $1,000,” Frazier said.

But under AB47, using your cell phone while driving would count as one violation point on your record.