A billboard on the Peninsula, financed by a Pleasanton man, criticizes state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, for authoring the law requiring California drivers to be hands-free with their cell phones while driving.
The billboard message, from Pleasanton resident Grant Paulson, reportedly cost $10,000.
"Let's overturn this law in the next election and protect what rights we still have left," part of the billboard message reads, and includes a phone number to call.
Paulson, who runs a Pleasanton fire protection company, said he would like people to be free to choose to be hands-free while driving.
"You'll have the same accident by the same idiot if he can't drive," Paulson said of the hands-free law. He also thinks it's a distraction to "have something beeping in your ear" while driving.
Paulson said that the billboard, located off University Avenue and Highway 101 in Palo Alto, has generated both pro and con caller responses. He said he's exploring doing a petition drive to qualify a ballot measure to attempt to overturn the hands-free cell-phone law.
Simitian said the billboard gave him "a passing smile."
"The only worry I have is someone will be rear-ended while slowing down trying to read it, because of the small type," Simitian said.
The hands-free cell-phone law was passed to increase driver safety.