Too Quick to Veto?

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    NBC Bay Area editorial about the veto of a bill that would have increased the fines for violators of California's hands-free law. (Published Friday, Sep 16, 2011)

    California lawmakers passed 600 bills in recent weeks, and Jerry Brown vows to veto most of them, explaining simply, “not every human problem deserves a law.”

     
    NBC Bay Area couldn’t agree more.
     
    But, we’re sorry the governor vetoed a bill that would have toughened the hands-free, no-texting laws for drivers.

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    [BAY] Viewers Respond
    Some viewers agree with our editorial station the governor should increase the penalty for failing to use a hands-free device while driving - and some don't. (Published Friday, Sep 23, 2011)

    As we see on the roads, compliance with our current law is low — the bill’s author, State Senator Joe Simitian, hoped to raise deterrence by raising the base fine from $20 to $50, the same fine as rolling through a stop sign.

     
    Governor Brown said “no.”
     
    So we ask him - if you won’t raise fines, Governor, how will you get drivers to put away their cell phones?
     
    Hundreds of lives are at stake.
     
    What’s your solution? We want to know. Call us! Hands free.

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