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Maria Shriver take note: the author of California's hands-free and no-texting rules for motorists is looking to up the consequences for chatty drivers caught breaking the state's bans on talking and texting behind the wheel.

Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian's bill, one of hundreds introduced by lawmakers last week in the final stretch of this year's bill-introduction period, would double the fines for first- and second-time offenders of the hands-free law and increase the fine for texting behind the wheel fivefold, from $20 to $100 for the first offense. Motorists caught breaking the law would rack up a point on their driver's record.

An added provision would also prohibit bicyclists from texting or talking without a hands-free device behind the handlebars.

The Palo Alto Democrat has already successfully pushed for the passage of three bills aimed at cracking down on cell phone-related distractions for motorists. He said in a statement that this effort is intended to create "a more significant deterrent" for drivers still breaking the bans.

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