• Sep 25, 2008

After wiping the egg off his face for approving legislation earlier this year that banned cell phone use yet still allowed texting behind the wheel, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hurriedly signed legislation today banning drivers from sending, writing, or reading messages on electronic devices. If you are one of those text-messaging morons in the fast lane, no need to worry as the law doesn't go into effect until January. Even when it does, the fine for a first offense is only $20 (what, a mere 5 gallons of gas?), and the second offense is just $50. Considering it is still legal to type in a phone number on a keypad while driving... um, we haven't the foggiest idea on how they are going to actually enforce this law in the first place.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Drivers texting or talking on their phones ought to be fined. Have you ever noticed how many drivers are only looking straight ahead and ignoring all else when using the phone? MADD ought to be on this BIGTIME. Worse than most "drunk" drivers, at least you can avoid most "drunk" drivers if you stay off the road from 9PM to 4AM, but people on phones are on the road at all hours.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why? If texting gets you into an accident and you kill someone, will you not be found liable under the current laws?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think a law needs to be modified. If you caused an accident while texting, you are liable for all the damages and the second part of the law should be that insurance companies can not provide coverage for damages caused by driver who was texting.

      After a few suits where texters end up paying a few hundred thousand dollars.....most will stop.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We just launched a G1 App that prevents Texting and Driving called Textecution. (www.textecution.com)

        It temporarily disables texting while the car is in motion. If the car stops, you can text. If you are a passenger, you can request permission from your parents to text. The parent can grant permission by sending a text. The permission expires in 4 hours. We are pretty excited about the G1 and other Apps we can develop.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Lincoln MKS has a really intelligent system to get around texting.

        When you recieve a text, your bluetooth phone synched to the car sends the text to the car.
        The car reads it to you over the speaker.
        It also displays the message on the navigation screen.
        You simply touch a canned answer which will be sent back as a reply. The car doesn't allow you to type a reply, but the canned responses are pretty decent:

        "yes"
        "no"
        "in 5 min"
        "in 10 min"
        "I'm busy driving now"
        "see ya later"
        ,etc

        A very very cool innovation which needs to be in all cars (all Ford Sync equipped cars will have it)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Flashpoint:

        That is a great concept from Lincoln. I was just thinking about for the iPhone, like having a "driving mode" for texts that has an autorespond: " I am driving right now, I'll text you back when I reach my destination" or something of that sort.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Replace the texting fine with chopping off a finger for each offense. That will shut down the serious texting idiots. :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are really dating yourselves with the old pick of an 80's buick with a early 90's phone. Come on couldn't you guys be a little more current?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad I saw a piggy texting last night on the 241.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I saw a piggy watching the Simpsons on his cruiser laptop last year, yes while the vehicle was in motion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it could help with deciding fault if it can be proven through the logs on a phone that messages were being sent or read just prior to an accident.



      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that guy texting in a mid-80s Buick?
        • 6 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly. He is using his "car phone" to text in his 80's buick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do have to say, I like the linear lines of that interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It was already illegal. It is illegal to drive while distracted in way like this. We didn't need another law.

      It's not like people are paying that much attention to the one that made it illegal to talk on the phone while driving anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The government is your friend. Do its bidding or you shall perish!

      It may seem like a common sense law, but you could then say that about guns. Just because someone uses a gun incorrectly, doesn't mean they should be all banned. I text while driving, and I take responsibility for anything that happens.

      The answer to 1984 is 1776.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Problem is you can take all the responsibility you want but the person you run into doesn't get a say in the matter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quite frankly this is ridiculous. I do not txt and rarely do I talk on the phone but I feel like this law is part of the problem here in America. America is suffocating itself slowly but surely with all these useless ridiculous laws. Next you wont be able to breath without permission. The sad thing is people allow this kind of s--t to happen. Good job to all those morons who voted for arnold btw.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Next thing you know they'll want to take away my right to drive drunk!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap. Minimum fine in MN for any offense is in the neighborhood of $130.

      $20? that's just a usage fee, not a fine. lame.
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