By Macy Jenkins
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change.
“I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket.”
For Lucas, ham radio is more than a hobby. It’s been his lifestyle since he was 12.
“It’s enjoyable,” Lucas said. “Somebody could come back to you from 40 miles away or 4,000 miles away.”
But Lucas says his favorite pastime is now in danger. He’s referring to a law written by Assemblyman Bill Quirk in an effort to cut down on distracted driving. It’s the same law that makes it illegal to use your cellphone behind the wheel.
AB 1785 defines an “electronic wireless communications device” as “…a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device.”….READ FULL ARTICLE
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