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16 texting-while-driving citations issued by CHP

Original post made on Jan 29, 2009

The California Highway Patrol as of Wednesday has issued 16 citations in the Bay Area for text messaging while driving since a law banning that activity went into effect Jan. 1.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Why are the fines and court fees so low? I would have expected something much higher based on the seriousness of the offense. If running a red light is what $250+ then the texting-while-driving should be at least that. $20 per offense is a joke!!

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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm


I also question the fine level. Especially given if one is texting and the cause of an accident. The litigation costs will be enormous! Better to resolve it before someone makes an attorney rich over texting stupidity.

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Posted by concerned
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I have seen so many drivers continue to talk on their cell phone and text while driving that it has made me laugh that they bothered with the law at all. The fact that the fine is so ridiculously low explains why their behavior has continued. I drove down Bernal last night and encountered 4 cars in a row - all on their cell phones - without "hands free". One in particular caught my attention because it was a very expensive maserati and the driver was using his Iphone while moving at the speed limit. Denting that car is a lot more to worry about than the $20.00 fine for getting caught!

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 30, 2009 at 8:59 am

The funny thing is that 16 people isn't very much and police usually give warnings for a bit while the new law takes effect.

The people who got pulled over and actually got a ticket for it must have been pretty big jerks to get a ticket in the first month of the law for it.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

The fines are so low so they can raise them later. Red lights were $25 when I was a kid. Speeding was $25 - $40 depending on speed.. and passing a horse drawn vehicle was $100!

Nah.. just kidding. It was $25 too.


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Posted by Golfer72
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Fines are so low they are a joke. I'd be curious to know what the average cost to the Police Department is to pull over someone for a traffic violation (Salary, Vehicle cost, etc) and make the fine at least that.
I recently saw a middle-schooler text-messaging while riding his bicycle, is there a fine for that?
If a situation is serious enough to pass a law to prevent it, it's certainly worthwhile making the punishment fit the potential hazard not just have a cosmetic fine.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Julie is a registered user.

I figured the fine must be low. Just today, as I drove on Dublin Blvd., I was sandwiched by two cars driven by people talking on cell phones.

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Posted by J
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 31, 2009 at 7:16 am

The fines are not as low as you think. From what I've reade..the State charges 25 bucks but local fees can push that 25 to as much as 90. Text all you want, talk on the phone, somehow you'll be helping pay off the budget deficit.

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