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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #839
                     Tuesday,  June 3, 2008
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2008, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CHP POSITION ON THE "HANDS-FREE" WIRELESS TELEPHONE LAWS
  CGC has been flooded with opinions on the subject of the
"hands-free" wireless telephone laws that go into effect in
California on July 1, 2008.  However, two readers sent us copies
of the following letter from the California Highway Patrol (CHP)
that appears to be great news for not just ham radio operators,
but two-way users in general.
  CGC has verified the authenticity of the following e-mail.
Please, no more letters on "hands-free" unless you have breaking
news from official sources.  We greatly appreciate your input but
do not have the staff to summarize all of the views, many from
individuals who have not yet seen the CHP letter.
  While the following letter is not necessarily binding on
non-CHP law enforcement officers, we plan to carry a copy of
the letter in our two-way radio equipped vehicles to reduce our
chances of becoming a legal test case come July 1.
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  CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL E-MAIL
  Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 07:48:20 -0700
  From: Fran Clader <FClader@chp.ca.gov>
  Subject: Re: New Cell Phone Laws - July 1, 2008
  The new cell phone laws involve only wireless telephones.
  They do not concern radios such as your (Amateur Radios),
  unless they are also wireless telephones.
  Again, the law only applies to wireless telephones.
  Thanks for your inquiry.  If you have any further questions,
  please give us a call.  Or, you can call your local San Diego
  area CHP office.
  Fran Clader
  Commander
  Office of Media Relations
  California Highway Patrol
  (916) 657-7202
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  P.S.
  In a separate communication, Commander Fran Clader reminds
  us that, as always, "safety is the CHP's primary concern.  All
  motorists are strongly encouraged to operate a motor vehicle
  safely, paying attention to their safe operation of the vehicle,
  the changing road and weather conditions and the actions or
  anticipated actions of other drivers."
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