In September of 1993, Orange Coast wrote about distracted driving and a problem it called “car-yakking.” The last
paragraph read, “The days of the cellular handset may soon be going the way of the uninsured motorist and the helmetless biker—an unhappy notion for commuters who like to flaunt their phones like a badge of honor.”
In 2006, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law banning the use of cellphones while driving. The law made an exception for hands-free phone use, as well as for calls during emergencies. Texting while driving was banned in 2009. Have Orange County’s drivers obeyed the law? More than 9,000 citations were issued in the past year for hands-free phone violations or texting while driving, or about one per hour.