States Consider Teen Bill to Ban Electronics While Driving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen states are considering legislation banning teens from using electronic equipment while driving.

California's bill could land on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk this week. He hasn't indicated whether he'd sign it.

Schwarzenegger's daughter turned 16 and began driving last year.

It would ban 16 and 17-year-olds from using any electronic device while driving. That includes cell phones, laptop computers, pagers, walkie-talkies, even those with "hands-free" features.

Violators would get a $20 fine for the first offense and a $50 fine for subsequent offenses. But they wouldn't get points on their records.

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia already have such laws.

Opponents say such laws are another example of government meddling into citizens' private behavior, and teaching students proper driving skills is a parent's duty, not the state's.

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