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Hands-free cell-phone law takes effect July 1

Original post made on Jun 16, 2008

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, and the California Highway Patrol are reminding drivers today that they have to switch from hand-held cell phones to hands-free devices by July 1.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:32 pm

The hands free device I bought is trash. So, I will keep my phone on the back seat where I can't get to it if it rings.

The law should also apply to bicycles and other road vehicles.


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Posted by Sara
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Glad to know this law will be effective from July 1. Hopefully most drivers will concentrate on driving and put 2 hands on wheel.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm



Logically if you want two hands on the wheel then you have to ban eating, drinking, smoking, scratching, waving, stick shifts, putting on make up etc etc.

The research clearly proves that the distraction from cell phones is from the conversation and resulting divided attention- it does not make any difference if you are hands free or not

This is a silly bit of feel good legislation by a politician who is a joke and an embarracessment to Palo Alto


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Posted by Nanny Joe
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 16, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Jane--hear, hear. You nailed Nanny Joe Simitian character as a politician and his hands-free legislation as a joke.
Nanny Joe Simitian has never sponsored real legislation, just feel good stuff that he can pat himself on that bck on later.


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Posted by Sara
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Jane for elaborate two hands on wheel ideas. Everybody knows concentrating on driving is the main purpose of this law. Jane, remember to concentrate now.........


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

FYI, here's the DVM's FAQ on the new law:
Web Link
Come July 1, how well do you think the new law will be...
Observed? (I'm guessing not much)
Enforced? (ditto)


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