But, we’re sorry the governor vetoed a bill that would have toughened the hands-free, no-texting laws for drivers.
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, Sept. 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?