sfo03.jpgSan Francisco International Airport is increasing its efforts to advise travelers renting vehicles about the California law which requires “hands-free” operation of cell phones while driving, SFO spokesman Michael McCarron said.

On Monday, airport officials started placing advisory signs at all rental car counters as well as garage entrances where customers pick up rental vehicles. Passengers renting cars are also advised via the airport’s public address system, McCarron said.

SFO plans to mount permanent signs on the exit ramps of the garages and on the exit roadway of the Rental Car Center, reminding out-of-state drivers about the California law, McCarron said.

The state’s vehicle code prohibits drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers 18 and older may use a “hands-free” device. Violators will be fined $20 for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

“We want to ensure that everyone renting a car at the airport’s Rental Car Center is well aware of California’s “hands-free” law and that everyone leaving SFO is in compliance,” said airport director John L. Martin.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • salsaman

    Good thing the airport is enforcing the law since I don’t see any police caring about it in San Francisco– a large portion of drivers flout the law on a regular basis.

  • salsaman

    Good thing the airport is enforcing the law since I don’t see any police caring about it in San Francisco– a large portion of drivers flout the law on a regular basis.

  • Soonerdiver

    And this surprises you because…? The SFPD is extremely busy working at attempting to improve their “public image”. To the powers that be it is more important to look good than do a good job. How many times have you seen SFPD autos “stopping in intersections”, “not coming to a complete stop at a sign/light”… just to name a couple. They break as many laws as the general public and besides, taking the 15-30 minutes required to stop, ticket and lecture someone about using a phone while driving isn’t cost productive; $20.

  • Soonerdiver

    And this surprises you because…? The SFPD is extremely busy working at attempting to improve their “public image”. To the powers that be it is more important to look good than do a good job. How many times have you seen SFPD autos “stopping in intersections”, “not coming to a complete stop at a sign/light”… just to name a couple. They break as many laws as the general public and besides, taking the 15-30 minutes required to stop, ticket and lecture someone about using a phone while driving isn’t cost productive; $20.