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Cellphone ban didn't reduce accidents

Original post made by Anonymous, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2014

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According to study from RAND and University of Colorado, Joe Simitian's cellphone ban had no effect on accident rates. Researchers don't know why.

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Posted by because no one pays attention to the ban
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

The reason the law hasn't changed accident rates is because hardly anyone obeys it. Many/most drivers regularly practice distracted driving. Just stand on University and watch (for that matter, watch the pedestrians too!)


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Posted by Not Surprised
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

The Law(like many passed by the state legislature) is a joke. Plan and simple.


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Posted by because +1
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

Clearly true.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm

>> Cellphone ban didn't reduce accidents
>> - According to study from RAND and University of Colorado, Joe Simitian's cellphone ban had no effect on accident rates.

Face it people are not going to stop using their cellphones ... Simitian was grandstanding to gain political attention and look like he is doing something ... which he is not. That is what lawmaking is reduced to in this day and age.

First ... the whole idea is ludicrous, lots of things take people's attention off their driving. The idea of the so-called "Smart Phone" was supposed to make it easier for people to be hands free, but all these touch screen buttons to me that you have to focus your eye on rather than just reach out for and feel like the old buttons don't seem to help anything.

I used to be able to call or answer my "dumb" phone without any problem, and talk to ... but that is because I have the judgement to know if things are too complicated, I hang up and call back. It is just like trying to tune your radio, or eat, or do any one of the many things we all do when we drive. The problem is not what people are doing, it is the people themselves. These kinds of laws just make it possible for the police to stop us when maybe they should just be looking for bad drivings and pulling them over.

What is a "bad driver" anyway. I think it is someone who does not know how to manage their attention, or something who is easily distracted or loses control of their emotions. There is no easy way to screen people, especially legally when it comes to convicting them of driving offenses. The rich get off, the poor have to pay. I heard that in Sweden they fine people some percentage of their income so that it is at least fair and will hit rich and poor with the same magnitude.

Why don't we turn some real brainpower on these issues, and then experiment with what they come up with? I used to love to drive ... and now at the end of a long drive ... like to the City or North Bay I come back and my knuckles are white from trying to avoid the crazies. Let's get rid of the crazies ... or let's get cares that can drive themselves.


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