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Time to Get Bluetooth. New Law Will Cost You

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 18: BlackBerry user Douglas Philips checks emails on his BlackBerry April 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Millions of BlackBerry users across the United States experienced a disruption in email service as Canada based Research in Motion dealt with technical difficulties with its email servers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Doulgas Philips

    Beginning on Friday, you will no longer get a warning if you’re caught talking on a handheld device while you’re driving.

    Gone is the one-time exemption from a fine for purchasing a hands-free device. A new law is tougher on talking or texting while driving.

    “The law is intended to save lives and make our roads safer. The message is clear – two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “There can be no more ‘grace period’ for a motorist caught using a hand-held phone in their car and if you get caught texting – you pay. There is nothing that urgent that is worth a life.”

    The law also hikes the penalties for repeat offenders.

    First-time violators will be fined $100, second offenses will be fined $150 and subsequent violations come with a $200 fine.