- Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2003 20:53
- Written by Town Crier Staff
A majority of Los Altos residents appear to support a proposed bill to ban motorists from using handheld cell phones in California, based on a Town Crier survey conducted last month.
Survey respondents supported Assemblyman Joe Simitian's bill 3-to-4. If approved, Assembly Bill 45 would fine motorists $20 for using handheld cell phones while driving.
The bill is awaiting a hearing with the state appropriations committee. It cleared its first legal hurdle with the Assembly Transportation Committee March 3.
Of the 20 residents who responded to the call-in survey, 12 approved of the idea while eight were against it.
The 60 percent in favor of a cell phone ban cited close calls in traffic:
Those against the ban noted personal rights and driver responsibility:
- "I was rear-ended while waiting to merge east onto El Monte from the 280 South exit ramp. The driver was on her cell phone ... She didn't hang up until we pulled over and got out of our cars."
- "Picking on the cell phone does not solve the problem - you have to work with the drivers...What's next? Are they going to ban eating Twinkies?"
- "If people want to talk on the phone in the car that's their right to do ... just like drinking a cup of coffee."
- "You've got to think about salesmen, general contractors who have to be able to use a cell phone while driving."