Section 12810.3 of the Vehicle Code was amended to prohibit text-based communication while driving. Specifically, a person may not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, or electronic mail. A violation of this law is considered an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.

Employers should update existing policies to ensure compliance with this change in the law.