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Think driving and phoning risky? Then why do people do it

Nearly 9 in 10 drivers say those who use cellphones while driving are a safety threat, but nearly 7 in 10 said they used their cellphone behind the wheel at least once in the past month, an AAA study finds. And nearly a third said they drove while using their [...]

By | January 28th, 2013|4 Comments

What to say when you call 911 about an accident

You're out and about and a car crash happens right in front of you. You quickly dial 911 on your cellphone to report it. But was that the right thing to do? But here are a few tips to ensure the right emergency agency is contacted and you give the [...]

By | May 13th, 2012|5 Comments

Can you use cellphone at red lights?

Can you use your cellphone while you're stopped at a red light? After all, you're not actually "driving," right? A Richmond man took that argument to the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco and lost. Carl Nelson appealed his traffic court conviction in Contra Costa County, saying that [...]

By | November 15th, 2011|4 Comments

West Santa Rosa intersection target of police

Santa Rosa traffic police officers this Monday through Sunday will monitor one of the city's seventh most dangerous intersections -- Stony Point Road at Glenbrook Drive, which last year was tied with nine traffic collisions. As part of a weekly special enforcement program, officers particularly will be looking for drivers [...]

By | September 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Higher cellphone fines, including for bicyclists, possible

The state Senate today passed a bill that will make it a lot more expensive to illegally use a cellphone or to text while driving -- or while bicycling. The legislation, Senate Bill 28 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who hasn't said whether [...]

By | August 15th, 2011|18 Comments

Mailbag: Illegal to use phone’s GPS while driving?

A Road Warrior reader asked the other day if it is legal to use your cellphone's GPS system while driving. The answer from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, spokesman for the Sonoma County office, is yes, it is legal, because the law regarding cellphone use only specifies holding it to talk [...]

By | July 9th, 2011|23 Comments

Cellphone crackdown today

Local police are cracking down today on drivers who not going hands-free with cellphones or are texting. It's part of a month-long, zero-tolerance campaign by dozens of police agencies statewide to ticket drivers who are being distracted by using their cellphones, texting or even such things as eating or grooming. [...]

By | April 28th, 2011|13 Comments

New cellphone fines for drivers, bicyclists?

If you text or hold your cellphone while driving or riding your bicycle, you might face a steep increase in fines. The state Senate on Monday approved 24-12 a bill that would raise the base fine of a driver’s first violation to $50, which with fees would total about $300 [...]

By | April 26th, 2011|23 Comments