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Today: Zero-tolerance on cell phone driving law

Original post made on Aug 25, 2009

The California Highway Patrol today will conduct the second zero-tolerance enforcement this month of the state's hands-free cell phone law.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 7:36 AM

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

The cops need to crack down all the time, not just once a month. Most of the time I see someone blow through a stop sign, they are chatting on a cell phone. I don't know how many innocent people these cell phone people have killed so far, but it is not a small number.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 25, 2009 at 11:29 am

When the law first went into effect, I noticed (gleefully) far fewer people on hand-held phones. Now, it's as if they know they can usually get away with it, so many more are flouting the law.

One thing I've noticed is that many of them, rather than talking in the look-at-me way they used to, with phone in left hand and mouth in high gear, are now sinking lower into their seats, using their right hand, and turning their lowered heads a bit to the right, trying to evade detection just in case a cop's around. And how safe can that be?

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Posted by sasha
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

This is a good law, but WHY can't people understand that talking on the phone while driving is NOT the main problem. The worse problem is when people dial or text while driving. That problem is FAR worse and I know that first hand. It doesn't seem like the law refers to that.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Sasha, Texting while driving is against the law. That law went into effect after the law banning hand-held phones. Unfortunately, there wasn't the political muscle to ban talking on a phone with a headset. That would have eliminated the dialing problem, which I agree is a big one. But meanwhile, there needs to be heavier enforcement of the laws that do exist.

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Posted by Kevyn
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I know both talking and texting is illegal but I agree with Sasha - it is far more dangerous to dial and text while driving. At least our eyes are on the road when we're talking!

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