April crackdown on distracted driving Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Apr 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Law enforcement all over the state will be on high alert this month, looking for drivers using their cell phones to text or talk without a headset, officials with the Mountain View police and California Highway Patrol said.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:03 PM
Posted by Dodging, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm
speeders, red light runners, non-signal users, tailgaters, aggressive frequent lane changers, stop sign rollers....with the driver's behaviors I see daily, the police have a lot more to "crack down" than just distracted drivers.
Posted by Sparty, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm
anyone here think they can out drive a police officer or CHP?
then why are you here and not a world famous race car driver?
Amazing that so many people who read this website are able to out drive the CHP candidates who have had expert training and still find the high speed driving test to be the #1 reason for washing out of the academy.
Posted by Aloysious, a resident of another community, on Apr 6, 2012 at 6:31 am
The motorist who is not distracted is very rare. For confirmation one needs only to recall/note their internal monologue the last/next time they take the wheel.
"Driving" requires taking and maintaining "conscious control of the attentional spotlight", and that requires constant effort. The mind wanders, naturally, no matter how many hands may be on the wheel.
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm
Just FYI - When this law first passed, and I kept seeing so many San Jose PD on their phones while driving.. I sent an email to the San Jose PD. I asked if they were specially trained or otherwise better qualified to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.
I did the same with the CHP.
Both agencies reported they are given no special training to enable them to safely operate a motor vehicle while talking on a cell phone better than anyone else on the road.
But the San Jose PD said they had no plans to force their officers to stop. The CHP said they were considering a policy on the matter.
So the claim of being "expert" drivers means nothing when it comes to driving and talking on a cell phone. The experts admit they are doing so at their own, and our, peril.
Posted by Robbie, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Cops are not any better or worse drivers than anyone else. The real reason they were exempted in the law is because otherwise they would have opposed it and legislators would have voted it down even in its current wimpy version.
Posted by Wilma, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:34 am
How many drivers that get pulled over argue about the semantics of "hands free"? If you are holding the phone while driving it is not hands free. And really, is anyones life THAT important that you can't wait to make or return a phone call?