Gov. considers bill to increase "hands-free" fines

August 29, 2012 4:58:47 PM PDT
Governor Jerry Brown must now decide if the fines for breaking California's "hands-free" law will go up. The state Senate has passed a bill that raises fines for drivers caught using handheld phones or texting behind the wheel.

The base fine will go up from 20 to 30 dollars for first time violators. But the total fine will run about $199 when counties add in various fees.

The governor vetoed a similar law last year.