New safe-driving laws take effect in California
Original post made on Jan 3, 2013
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on Jan 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm
If you can not put down the damn phone, stay away from the car. What's so important that it can't wait until you're done driving? Gawd knows most of the idiots out there can use every bit of concentration they have to avoid smashing into something or someone.
on Jan 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm
This new law about red light cameras misses the point. The problem is not that drivers haven't been sufficiently warned - they should always know they can be ticketed if driving unsafely. The real problem is that some of these greedy cities have recklessly lowered the yellow light timings to bring in more revenue. (Search for union city yellow light.) What we need is traffic engineers knowing that they'll go to prison if their timings cause a collision, just as they would if their negligence causes a building to collapse. The repercussions against Union City were way too mild; if that didn't violate criminal law, the law needs to be changed.
Independent verification of timings wouldn't hurt, and it's quite easy to do with a stopwatch. At a speed of 35 mph or higher, the yellow light must last at least 3.6 seconds. 40 mph, 3.9 seconds. 45 mph, 4.3 seconds. 25 mph or less, 3.0 seconds. That covers about all of Mountain View. If you see an intersection with less, raise hell!
on Jan 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Once again, I should read the actual source rather than trust the Mountain View Voice's summary. That bill does a lot more than what the Voice said - and I'm happy to see it mentions that an authority in charge of cameras must create guidelines "overseeing the establishment or change of signal phases and the timing thereof." I don't think that's strict enough, and I don't think the portion about warning drivers is necessary at all, but the bill seems to be generally progress at least.