Cell Phone Violation

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- question from 11/4/2021 by Anthony, filed under Traffic School and DMV Driving Record

Do I need to do traffic school for a first cell phone offence?

I reside in Irvine, CA and I received a 23123.5(a) cell phone violation. This is my first cell phone offence, I saw a notice on your site that said the first ticket does not require traffic school and will not add a point to my record. However, the police officer stated that there would be a point added to my record and my insurance would go up on the first offence. Could you confirm? Thank you.

I do have speeding ticket from May of this year which I completed traffic school already, what are my options?

Thank you!

TrafficSchool.com Says

Good Afternoon Anthony-

Effective July 1st, 2021, a new law went into effect in California that states if a driver is issued a cell phone violation AND that driver had a previous cellphone violation within the past 3 years, then 1 point will now be added to their driving record. Previously, points were not given for cell phone violations, regardless of how many were received, so drivers did not take traffic school.

So, if someone were to receive a cellphone ticket on or after July 1st, 2021 and they had no other cellphone tickets within 3 years, then no point would go on their record, and they would not need to take traffic school. A point would only be added if someone received TWO cell phone tickets, with one being on or after July 1st and those tickets were within 36 months of each other, citation date to citation date.

Hope this helps, but you can also contact the court or the DMV directly at (800) 777-0133 if you have any questions.

Best Regards.

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** The information contained within this FAQ is up to date as of 11/4/2021. We always recommend that you get the latest information available by contacting TrafficSchool.com, the DMV, or Court directly.


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