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Re: How the $20 first-time cellphone-in-car penalty will cost you $97
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 13:31:15 -0400

I don'y ya;l while driving. I have a speaker attachment and I may answer BUT it is just to see if it is a panic or not and then tell them I will call back latter or when I can pull off the road. BUT there are a lot of distractions in a car -- talk radio, yelling kids , nagging wives (not mine). Do we out;law all of these things? How about brightly lit signboards at night? Where do we stop?

Dave


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From: Steve Lamont <spl () ncmir ucsd edu>
Date: August 16, 2008 11:27:49 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] How the $20 first-time cellphone-in-car penalty will cost you $97

From: janosG <janosg () gmail com>
Date: August 15, 2008 9:48:05 AM PDT
Subject: How the $20 first-time cellphone-in-car penalty will cost
you $97

[A stupid law, with outrageously inflated penalty - and I say that
without having been caught yet!...:)]

<http://www.mercurynews.com/mrroadshow/ci_10212334?nclick_check=1>

<<Here is the breakdown for a cell phone citation based on fees in
Santa Clara County and in San Jose. Fees vary slightly from county
to county.

As someone who was nearly run down by oblivious cell phone yakkers
twice in as many days as I was legally and otherwise safely crossing
the street in a crosswalk at a traffic light, I might suggest that the
penalty is not harsh enough.

It should be treated on the same level of offense as a DUI, since it's
been shown that hand held *or* hands free driving while using a cell
phone is as dangerous as being drunk.

        http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=570222

License suspension on the first offense, *permanent* revocation on the
second would be fine with me.

What's stupid (monumentally, I might add) is the notion that one is so
darned important that one must be in constant communication, even at
the risk of killing or maiming others.

Hang up and drive.

                                                        spl





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