California Vehicle Code 23123

VC Section 23123 Hand Held Wireless Telephone Prohibited Use

California traffic laws state that it is illegal to use a handheld device while driving, unless it is connected wirelessly and used in this manner while talking and driving.

 

This brief article provides information about:

 

1. Exceptions for Using Handheld Devices
2. Penalties for Vehicle Code 23123
3. Related Penalties
4. How to Fight a Traffic Ticket

 

Exceptions to Vehicle Code 23123

 

There are many exceptions to the stipulated rules including:

 

  • Emergency Personnel – who use handheld devices during duties and in an emergency vehicle
  • Emergencies – individuals who place calls during an emergency to firefighters, the police department or a medical facility as an example
  • Private Properties – individuals driving on a private property are exempted from penalties of vehicle code 23123

 

Penalties for California Basic Speed Laws

 

The penalties outlined for violation of California Vehicle Code 23123 include:

 

Driving While Using a Wireless Telephone Not Configured for Hands-free Use

 

The total fine is $80 based on:

 

Base Fine: $20 | State Penalty: $20 | County Penalty: $14
DNA: $8 | Court Fees: $10 | Surcharge $4 | EMS: $4 | Points: 0

 

Related Penalties

 

Driving While Using a Wireless Device to Send, Read, or Write Text Communication

 

The total fine is $80 based on:

 

Base Fine: $20 | State Penalty: $20 | County Penalty: $14
DNA: $8 | Court Fees: $10 | Surcharge $4 | EMS: $4 | Points: 0

 

Driving While a Minor and Using a Wireless Telephone or Mobile Service Device

 

The total fine is $80 based on:

 

Base Fine: $20 | State Penalty: $20 | County Penalty: $14
DNA: $8 | Court Fees: $10 | Surcharge $4 | EMS: $4 | Points: 0

 

Driving School Bus or Transit Vehicle While Using a Wireless Phone

 

The total fine is $154 based on:

 

Base Fine: $35 | State Penalty: $40 | County Penalty: $28
DNA: $16 | Court Fees: $20 | Surcharge $7 | EMS: $8 | Points: 1

 

How to Fight an Infraction or Speed Ticket in California

 

If you’ve been ticketed for driving and texting or using an handheld device, the defense attorneys at MacGregor and Collins can help. We’ll bring the best defense through 30 years of legal experience to your case. Regardless of whether or not you are ready to hire an attorney, taking advantage of our free case evaluation could help you substantially. Call us today at 888-250-2865.

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