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It’s time to use that Amazon gift card for a phone mount for your car — California is cracking down. 

Starting Sunday a new law is making it even harder to use your phone in the car. Throughout the state you already can’t text, scroll around, click or look at messages on your phone while driving, and we’ve been long trained to never bring our phones to our ears while talking.

But starting Jan. 1 2017, you can’t even have your phone in your hand or out to click or swipe something. It will have to be mounted to your windshield or dashboard — only then can you tap your screen to make sure that that new Google Maps route delivers you out of traffic hell.

The bill, AB 1785, is one step closer to making motorists comply with completely hands-free cellphone laws which first went into effect in 2008. California Highway Patrol public information officer Mike Martis told Mashable that the new mounted rule “clears it up for a lot of drivers” who were unsure about what they could or couldn’t do in the car. 

With this new law, drivers will likely use way more Siri and voice-operated services. So let’s hope that technology can keep up with our demands and increased usage. 

California is one of many states with pretty strict cellphone laws for texting, talking and other uses while driving. Martis said he’s already pulled over many drivers…

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