Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm
This is a VERY BAD IDEA.
I am totally against distracted driving, I see it everyday in almost every trip I make in the Bay Area.
But existing laws would cover anything I see … the problem is not the law it is the law enforcement.
Passing this law is just going to allow Police to "claim" whatever they want in terms of whether anyone was driving distracted.
Once I already got a ticket by a Mountain View officer who followed me on night from the Safeway on Shoreline all the way up to the border of Palo Alto, finally pulling me over and giving me a ticket because "she" claimed that my front tire had gone into the bicycle lane back somewhere near Central Expressway. That was the first ticket I had gotten in 10 or so years, on the whim of the officer who just decided she did not like me I guess.
If there is something that almost every driver does once a day at some point, making it illegal and a ticketable offense is tantamount to just allowing harrasment and bullying of citizens that the Police do not approve of for some reason.
This law will merely be a license to pull over people the Police do not like, and then give people tickets to create revenue.
Please just enforce the current laws and do not expand anything.
The legal system, particular the motor vehicle code should be kept sweet and simple so people know what to do and are clear when they made a mistake.