cellphones while driving Calif. Bill Proposes Making Handling Devices While Driving A Moving Violation By Ken Vincent • Feb 12, 2018 commons.wikimedia.org Penalties for handling cell phones while driving would get tougher under a new bill proposed in the California Legislature. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent. New Law Restricts Drivers' Cellphone Use By Chris Nichols • Jan 10, 2017 www.flickr.com As of January 1, drivers in California are banned from operating their smartphone -- unless it's mounted to a dashboard or windshield -- and can be activated with one finger tap or swipe. Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports. Study: Nearly 1 In 10 Californians Use Cell Phones While Driving By Ed Joyce • Jul 15, 2015 www.dmv.org Two California agencies say more people are using cell phones while driving this year compared to 2014. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.