CHP cites 5,900 in April for distracted driving
Original post made on May 14, 2012
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on May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am
Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. The cops need to crack down on this every day, not just one month a year.
If cell phones are the #1 distraction, is there anything the cell phone companies can do to improve traffic safety?
on May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm
> Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers.
No, they are not! The CHP has extensive data, submitted by departments all over the state, that provide fairly comprehensive data on accidents.
Drunk driving deaths were about 11,000 last year:
It's hard to find evidence of fatal accidents that were caused by "distracted drivers". Occasionally they do happen, but they are hard for accident investigators to prove.
This whole "distracted drive" campaign is just another witch hunt for the various police agencies. Drunk driving arrests at sobriety checkpoints have dropped to such a low number that the police now use them to seize vehicles that are unregistered.
A few years back, there was a big push to put children in car seats, and before that--there was some hysteria about seat belts. The Legislature even passed a law giving the police the right to look into your car as you were driving to see if you were "belted up".
It's really time to look towards the day when cars are self-driving, and we can put an end to this constant refinement of the nanny state--brought to us, in large part, by Joe Simitian.
on May 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Distracted driving comes in many forms. I recently was in the right hand lane where the car in the left hand lane was driving erratically. As we both stopped at the red light, I could plainly see the driver with a spoon in one hand and a yogurt in the other.