Governor vetoes higher fines for cellphones while driving

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday for the second year in a row vetoed a bill that would have raised the fine for drivers who illegally use cellphones. The bill, Senate Bill 1310 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would have increased the base fine from $20 for a first offense [...]

By | September 28th, 2012|10 Comments

CHP boss sounds off on cellphone, texting, carpool violators

Drivers on their cellphones and drivers illegally using carpool lanes are among the two biggest gripes of Road Warrior readers. So with CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow dropping by the Petaluma police station last week to hand out traffic safety awards to the officers there, we asked him about [...]

By | August 15th, 2012|26 Comments

State Senate votes to hike cellphone fines, penalize bicyclists, too

A Palo Alto state senator again is trying to raise the fine on motorists who illegally use cellphones and, for the first time, to fine bicyclists who text or talk on a hand-held phone. The state Senate on Monday approved 24-9 legislation by Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian calling for the [...]

By | May 14th, 2012|17 Comments

Study: Traffic deaths dropped after cellphone ban

Fewer people have died on California's roads and highways since a ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones took effect in July 2008, according to a study. The state Office of Traffic Safety on Monday reported the number of deaths of drivers who were using hand-held cellphones dropped 47 percent in [...]

By | March 5th, 2012|2 Comments

Cellphones No. 1 traffic safety problem

Cellphone use by drivers is the No. 1 safety problem on California's roads, a state survey finds. The survey won't come as a surprise to Road Warrior readers who regularly report dangerous driving by motorists on cellphones. And it comes as the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that [...]

By | December 14th, 2011|0 Comments

New cellphone crackdown today

Sonoma County police agencies today are joining with dozens of departments around the state in the latest crackdown on drivers texting or not going hands free on their cellphones. Santa Rosa police, for example, will have 18 officers today devoted to looking for violators, Sgt. Rich Celli said. Of those, [...]

By | April 14th, 2011|13 Comments