Posted by pedestrian, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2013 at 11:27 am
Using your cell phone when driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Penalties need to be the same for people to take this seriously. Tow the cars of all offenders and confiscate it for repeat offenders. That is in addition to jail time.
Posted by Colin Jenkins, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm
As one who walks to work in Downtown MP and usually feel like I'm taking my life in my hands by daring to cross the street, and after witnessing a Prius roll through a stop sign yesterday and almost crush a little girl who fell off her bicycle at a crosswalk on Santa Cruz Ave, I don't care if the City is trying to fill their coffers. If that were the main motivation for this enforcement, the City could station an officer downtown and write tickets all day. Sadly, I never see police downtown regularly enforcing distracted driver laws.
Posted by Menlo Parker, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm
I wish the police would patrol West Menlo, specifically Altschul Ave between 2:45 and 3:15. They could make a mint ticketing the wrong-way cyclists, street strollers, illegal parkers, and drivers who fail to stop for stop signs (or pedestrians). In fact, they'd probably beat the 200-ticket mark in a couple of hours.
Posted by Srini, a resident of another community, on Mar 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Anon--You had my attention until you decided to politicize it at the end. First, since the large majority of the people in this area are Democrats, it is safe to assume that it is Democrats with the attitudes you have so eloquently desrcribed. Second, since the large majority of the people around here seem to drink bottled water, as you do, maybe it is the bottled water and the plastic that is seeping into your body that is causing the problem. God bless Republicans and tap water!
Posted by Anon, a resident of another community, on Mar 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Anon, rather than getting mad at the other drivers, why not relax and accept that driving has delays just like any other way of getting around? I think a lot of dangerous driving comes from people getting frustrated that they can't accept any delay. I advise you to do what people who ride the bus or train,bike or walk already have to do. You have to make a realistic estimate about how long your trip is going to take and plan accordingly.
Posted by The limit, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm
The speed limit in most of Menlo Park,including every street in my neighborhood, is 25 mph.
I understand that you are in a hurry to get to work, to take your kid to the gym, to shop at Trader Joes. You have a high performance car and it likes to go fast! But if you are behind me, you will not go any faster than 25 mph.I understand you are way more important than me, and your people await you, but so it goes. Flipping me off won't make me exceed the limit.
Just imagine what kind of delay you'll experience when you hit a small child or someone in a wheelchair. That could mess up your whole schedule!
Posted by Srini, a resident of another community, on Mar 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Dick Milhous--Lest you missed the gist of my response to Anon, it was an appropriate counter to her (gender assumption based upon the tone of the rant) irrelevant comment. But I'm glad to see that you are a Nixon fan.
Posted by some guy, a resident of another community, on Mar 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm
From the March 21, 2013 Daily Post;
"According to ABC News, Australian researchers found that children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a cellphone, while at the wheel." This also makes children more distracting than texting or applying makeup. This means that if you are going to be busting people for cellphone use, you should also be busting them for having children in the car.
This also suggests to me that cellphone use is not nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. No one is driving the wrong way on the freeway because of talking on the phone or having children in their car.
Posted by John Murphy, a resident of another community, on Mar 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm
"According to ABC News, Australian researchers found that children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a cellphone, while at the wheel."
Interesting. The people of PA/MP/Atherton complain about new bike lanes near schools, because they want to drive their kids to school, and pilot a car with a distraction more dangerous than a cellphone into an area loaded with young pedestrians.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community, on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Radical idea: When you are driving, don't do anything else.
It really doesn't matter which distraction is cited as being whatever % dangerous. When you are driving don't talk on a cell phone, eat, hit the kids, or put on make-up. Don't do any of these activities alone or together (as I have actually seen).
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:10 am
to Neighbor of another community --
What a novel idea that the driver is actually supposed to drive and be responsible. That in many ways runs contrary to other people being responsible for his or her infractions -- the kids, dogs in his/her lap, spilling the coffee, dropping the cell phone, etc.
As I watch people in other cars I'm firmly convinced that this law doesn't apply to them.
[Watch 9-1-1 bloopers if you want to see outrageous excuses when people get pulled over.]