BERKELEY -- The city of Berkeley wants the California Highway Patrol to note in each accident report if a cell phone was in use. The City Council is deciding whether to pass a law requiring the CHP to track the use of cell phones as a possible cause of car crashes.
"This is an issue whose time has come,'' said Bock.
"We all have seen brainless drivers who are busy in conversation and are not giving full attention to their driving,'' she said. "And heaven knows, many of us are guilty.''
There has been growing impatience with people who talk on cell phones in movie theaters, restaurants and cars.
SACRAMENTO -- Senator Joe Simitian of California is proposing to raise the penalty for using a cell phone while driving from $20 to $50 for the first offense and from $50 to $100 for the second offense.
His proposal also adds a "point" on the motorist's driving record for the violation.
Cell phones are causing fewer accidents since California outlawed the use of handheld devices behind the wheel, but the senator behind the law says too many people are still driving distracted.
"Driving a car is not the time to be multi-tasking," said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader.
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