Posted by Won't Work Joe, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2012 at 10:08 am
This is nonsense. At any red light you can spot them, the people dropping their heads to play on their phones. You see people talking on handhelds while driving all the time as well. Every day, every time I'm in the car for more than about 10 minutes. We need a group like MADD to form in order to lobby against the phone companies lobbyists.
If its as dangerous as drunk driving, we should copy the punishments that have lead to the decline of drunk driving. Huge fines, jail/community service, license suspension, points on the driving record, weekly education classes, increased insurance rates. This is what's needed to curb this behavior.
Posted by tougher penalties, a resident of Stanford, on Aug 29, 2012 at 10:22 am
I know 2 people (pedestrians) who were killed by drivers using cell phones. One was texting while driving when he hit my friend. I agree with the previous comment that penalties and enforcement need to be much tougher. Adding points for cell phone offenses is a first step, but this needs to go much further. I hope that Sen. Simitian and Gov. Brown aren't taking "campaign contributions" from the cell phone industry to keep these penalties low.
Posted by robit noops, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:16 am
I agree, this is crap. Why not move the fine for first offenders from $20 to $150? Add a 3 strikes clause that if you are caught 3 times your license is suspended for 3 months? I see people texting and driving every day so it is obvious that people who text don't take this serious. It is pretty pathetic.
I stopped texting people years ago, I got tired of being interrupted by "how r u?" and other stupid things. It is usually a waste of time.
Posted by Scholar, a resident of Menlo Park, on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:22 am
I suspect the CTIA, the big cell vendors, and others have lobbied hard to keep these fines low. It's interesting that they worked hard to put up cell towers along highways so drivers and others in vehicles get signals. It's like the U.S. booze industry.
Posted by Huh?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:50 am
I see nothing wrong with texting at a red light, while stopped. However, I have noticed that so many drivers do this that when the light turns green, there is a pause before they begin driving, which has resulted in me missing a green light due to the lapse in time. I doubt any policeman would ticket anyone who is texting while stopped at a light. Keep those cell phones higher, so you can watch the light turn green at the same time!
To text while driving, there is no way a driver can watch the road simultaneously. Yes, driver's ought to be cited for texting while driving!
In the end, unfortunately, there aren't enough policemen to enforce the law.
Posted by Garden Gnome, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm
How about a bill that requires a fine of $15,000 for every bill introduced by Joe Simitian that adds nothing to society, and another $100,000 for every bill introduced by Sen. Simitian that just increases fines for some activity he's already tried to ban anyway.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm
I'm curious how a $30 fine becomes $199. What are these "other penalties and fees"? I thought the fine was supposed to be the penalty. If we are reimbursing the government an amount of $169 to collect a $30 check, I'd say something needs to be outsourced here.
Posted by Noel, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2012 at 8:43 am
Texting is the new DUI and may start killing as many people. The penalties for texting while driving should be the same as for DUI. Texting while stopped at a light should not be illegal though it can be a major discourtesy.
Joe Simitian can take a bow, for he's a part of this injustice to this woman. Let's hope the cops involved end up losing their jobs, and spending some time behind bars. But somehow, I expect Simitian will not see his part in this.
He has failed to do adequate research using real data, to back up his claims about cellphones and driving.
Posted by robit noops, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm
"Theres nothing wrong with texting while stopped at a light"- that is such a Palo Alto statement trying to push the envelope on every issue. If you are operating a vehicle, ie behind the steering wheel with the engine on, then you should be applying your full attention.
as for the lady who got stopped for talking on the cell, then smashed by the police, she shouldnt have mouthed off, and should have known you dont get out of the car during a traffic stop unless told by the officers. her actions probly made her appear to be a meth/crackhead. for the officers, they should have just tazered her a few times.
Posted by lazlo, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Joe Simitian continues to regurgitate his same old bills. We got it Joe! Guess Joe was sitting around with nothing to do and came up this epiphany. What, if any, ideas does Joe have to increase employment in California, bring the California deficit down, fix the California education system, stop needless deficit spending, etc.,etc....
It would seem Joe is locked into his one track thinking that only serves Joe and getting himself on the 5 o'clock news. What a pity!