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Cell phone law takes effect next year

William Ferchland
Driving while holding a cell phone will be illegal in California starting next year. / Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Some motorists on the California side of Lake Tahoe have been seen speaking into headsets or other hands-free options of their cell phones while driving.

A state law on July 1 prohibits drivers from holding a cell phone to their ear while speaking.

The problem is, the law is effective July 1, 2008.

An e-mail has made the rounds detailing new California laws effective this month, including the cell phone law.

Jeff Gartner, with the California Highway Patrol in Meyers, said he hasn’t heard of the e-mail, but he’s seen plenty of people using headsets and other devices, and a good number of people with cellphones to their ears while driving.

The law states that a cellphone to the ear while driving is a primary offense, like the lack of a seat belt. Thus, this time next year, California authorities can make a stop if a motorist is seen without using a headset or other hands-free device.

In other news:

• A 69-year-old woman who was beaten into a coma by a 19-year-old male could be moved into a long-term care facility, a South Lake Tahoe police detective said.

Marina Corpuz’s condition has not changed since the reportedly unprovoked June 30 beating by Joshua David Haydon along Pioneer Trail, officials said.

Haydon remains in custody at El Dorado County Jail at $200,000 bail. A criminal complaint filed earlier this month charged Haydon with felony elder abuse with a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury on Corpuz for her to “become comatose due to brain injury.”

Haydon has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court next month for a pre-preliminary hearing.

• Nine cases of women’s Callaway golf shoes were reported missing from the rear of a car belonging to a 53-year-old Marla Bay woman, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy stated.

The theft was reported on July 8, two days after she picked up the shoes from Incline Village, the deputy stated.

After the pickup, the woman went to a friend’s house in Reno, a movie at Horizon Casino Resort, and went to Safeway in Round Hill before she noticed the shoes were missing.

Each pair of the Callaway Bella tan-and-beige women’s shoes was valued at $50, with the total loss being $900, the deputy stated.

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