San Mateo County supervisors want to ban 'distracted walking'

Board adopts resolution urging Legislature to ban cellphones use in crosswalks

San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa introduced a resolution Tuesday (Sept. 12) in favor of banning cellphone use in crosswalks.

During Tuesday's meeting, the full board unanimously passed his resolution urging state lawmakers to ban distracted walking.

"The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it's time to protect pedestrians," Mr. Canepa said.

He expressed confidence that the state Legislature will pursue a law banning the use of electronic devices in crosswalks, noting that a similar law recently was passed in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"I'm confident lives will be saved with this effort," he said.

The California Office of Traffic Safety last year proclaimed September "California Pedestrian Safety Month" in response to the increasing numbers of pedestrians killed and injured on the state's roadways.

In 2016, a total of 892 pedestrians were killed on California roadways. The pedestrian deaths were 24 percent of all roadway deaths in the state, up from 17 percent 10 years ago.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Sep 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

How about a ban on "distracted governing" instead?

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

More nanny state nonsense

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

This is ridiculous. I don't need the state "protecting" me from myself. I'm not even sure what this would solve — if a car hits a pedestrian in a cross-walk, it's because the driver wasn't paying attention, not the walker.

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Posted by Peter C
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

If they will not regularly enforce drivers using phone in their area, how on earth are they going to enforce the law with people crossing the street?

I see so many cyclists going though RED Lights or not STOPPING at Stop Signs, surely this is a bigger risk to safety? which should be strongly enforced?

Or how about taking action when cars, trucks and delivery drivers park in Fire Lanes, answer is Sorry we too busy to deal with that yet not busy enough to stop people crossing using a cell phone lol

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Posted by nbr
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Darwinisn. Leave it alone.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

CBS News says 88% of USA drivers admit to using their cell phones while driving. Police apparently have little interest in enforcing cell phone distracted driving laws. While a pedestrian probably has little chance of outrunning a distracted driver that is bearing down on them, if they stop talking on their cell phone when walking in the crosswalk, they will have an extra moment to talk to pray to god before they get whacked.

CBS News report: Web Link

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