Too Quick to Veto?
Hands-Free Needs Your Support!
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, Sept. 16, 2011)
Updated at 2:39 PM PDT on Friday, Sep 23, 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.
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?
What’s your solution? We want to know. Call us
! Hands free.
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Published at 12:54 PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011