Will a BlueTooth Headset Save You From Citations for Riding Your Bike While Texting, Talking on a Cell Phone?

I don’t know.

I’m a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown is about to sign.

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Anyway, here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

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2 Responses to “Will a BlueTooth Headset Save You From Citations for Riding Your Bike While Texting, Talking on a Cell Phone?”

  1. jeff says:

    text based message I understand cause you have to read….but think about us bike messengers in this one who use cell phones and radios

    the thing is, most messengers actually stop biking when taking an order anyway..alot of is down now on pagers too, which most messengers also stop to read

    come to think of it, this bill is about controlling idiocy

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well, I’ll wait to see what others have to say about it. Not sure if a BlueTooth would put a cyclist in compliance.

    I guess if your phone rings, then you can stop your bike and yak away, or text or whatever…