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Texting while driving - you should lose your license

Original post made by serious, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2011

People who text and drive should lose their licenses. Period.

Witnessed someone wandering into the oncoming lane of traffic today, so engrossed in texting. Have the make, model, color, and last few digits of license. Lots of other witnesses, the driver was oblivious. Will it help to report it here?

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Posted by jail time
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Texting and driving is proven to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. The penalties need to be the same. People texting and driving have already killed hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Americans.

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Posted by hang 'em
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

increased fines got vetoed

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Suspending/cancelling a license is largely an administrative task which does not generate much revenue or serve to expand the criminal justice industry.

If you want to see active enforcement for texting while driving, you are going to have to increase the fines or add jail time.

Unfortunately, they only enforce what benefits them.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Just tell the officer you are an illegal immigrant, claim you have no license. Just keep on driving and texting while throwing the infraction paperwork out the window on the way to the consulate to pick up another MatrĂ­cula Consular card under another name...

Web Link

I love the doublespeak in the article.

"law-abiding illegal immigrants"

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Isn't that like saying you are only a little pregnant?


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Posted by Police Critic
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:28 am

We cannot count on the police to police us. They have their priorities and such things simply do not rank high enough to get much attention. Yesterday, in Palo Alto, I observed a driver blatantly throw garbage out of his car window onto the street. The TWO cars who were right behind him were police cars. They both just continued on their way. It could have been a bomb or something that would pop another car's tire (one of my tires was popped by a screw in the exact same spot several weeks ago). But the police cars just kept going. That's the way things work around here. I could see they weren't driving very quickly (turning without signaling, as usual...) so we can only hope that they were intently listening to their radios, just about to go catch some bad guys. Texting while driving? How much revenue is that going to make them? Setting up a speed trap or issuing parking tickets is far more productive...

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Posted by some can, some can't
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

Let's face it. Some people can text and drive and others can't. Just like some people can talk and drive and others can't. Just like some people can listen to the radio, brush their teeth and read a newspaper all at the same time while driving and others can't seem to even signal and change lanes at the same time with no distractions. Different people are different. The problem is that some people think they are just as good at multi-tasking as others. Not all people are able to text and drive. If anyone looks like they are driving unsafely, they should be stopped by the police. It doesn't matter what caused it. They should be stopped and fined.

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Posted by jail time
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

Almost everyone who thinks they can safely text and drive really cannot. They are just as dangerous as everyone else. Stop texting and driving before you kill innocent people!

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Posted by important?
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

If it's important enough to text, it's important enough to pull off the road for (and it's probably not important at all). Too many drivers are texting these days when a call would be more efficient and far safer. It's amazing how text-happy some people are. Nobody NEEDS to text. There is nothing that phone calls and email can't do that texting can. And if it's a text, it can almost ALWAYS wait until you are off the road.

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Posted by Rule of Thumb
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Why not try this rule of thumb: During your driving test with the DMV would you: talk on your cell phone? text? eat? put on your makeup? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then don't do it while you're out on the road without a tester sitting next to you. If people would follow common sense then we wouldn't need so many laws on the book.

And for those who insist on doing unsafe things when they drive that's fine as long as the only possible victim is yourself...but the minute your actions put me at risk, please think again.

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