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Cell phone statistics - Where are they?

Original post made by Jerry on Oct 24, 2009

Does anyone know where to find documented statistics of traffic accidents directly resulting from cell phone usage? Does the CHP post those stats? Would also be interested to know where to find the statistics attached to the bill before it was passed into law.


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Posted by mary, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2009 at 8:52 am

I'd be interested in knowing if they could use intersection cameras to catch people on their phones. I sit next topeople all the time on their phones as they prepare to zoom off, and then do zoom off while chatting away. Yesterday right in front of a cop. Maybe cameras at lights would make at least a mild dent in some of the massive misuse of phones while driving.

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

Key issue with this law is it is another one passed that is essentially unenforceable.

Posted by johnny, a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm

you will not find a collision report where the primary collision factor was cell phone use. it's always DUI or some sort of moving violation (unsafe speed, failure to yield on left turn, etc). there is a separate section on the collision report for cell phone use and another section for "associated factors" one of while is inattention (which could be caused by cell phone use).

also, these are pretty much compiled on the character of the involved drivers. since the officer was not present at the time of the collision 95% of the time, they just ask the drivers if they were using their cell phone at the time of the collision. back before it was illegal, i'm sure people were more likely to admit cell phone use. so like any statistic, you have to look deeper. are there less cell phone involved accidents? or are people just being more dishonest?

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:55 am

Thank you guys for your feedback. I'm still scratching my head wondering what data was presented in Sacramento resulting in the passage of this law? I like to think real data was used, and not soft data like asking drivers general questions that "may" have been related to the accident. I hope it was the former, because the latter is FULL of holes, and can no way prove cell phones were the cause of an accident any more than someone changing the radio station and not looking forward. Bad bad science; The stuff law makers know all too well.

I wonder if Pete Starks office has anything to share? I'll ask him and let you know.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Ok, letter sent to Congressmen Starks. Lets see if he responds.

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