The first thing I noticed about this car, driving near Fox Hills Mall in Culver City, was that it was a rare, older model, turquoise-colored Toyota Celica. Unfortunately, I then noticed that the young female driver was chatting away on her cell phone, holding the phone up to her ear. The older woman in the passenger seat is possibly the young driver’s momma.
When we stopped next to each other at a red light, I snapped a few pictures of the driver on her cell phone. After the first photo, she kept turning away, and she and her passenger muttered something back and forth. Then I told her that she was breaking the law by talking on her hand-held phone while driving. The two of them acknowledged my statement between them and laughed. Then she sped off.
In fact, she was breaking one of two provisions of California’s new cell phone law. Remember that, under the new law, drivers under the age of 18 may not use cell phones AT ALL while driving, hands-free or no hands-free.
The funny thing is, the driver and her passenger must have thought at first that I was photographing them either because I was attracted to the driver, or because I was a paparazzo who mistook her for someone important. As if.