Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.
The cause of a vehicle collision involving Oakland Mayor Jean Quan last month in West Oakland remains under investigation and cellphone use by either driver involved in the collision has not been ruled out, police said Tuesday.
Oakland police said Friday that they could not determine who was at fault in a vehicle collision involving Mayor Jean Quan last month but they have ruled out the use of cellphones by either driver as a factor.
Mayor Jean Quan said she was using a navigation app after a photo surfaced of the mayor checking her phone while she was behind the wheel.
Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California would increase from $20 to $30 under a bill approved by the state Senate, although the actual cost would climb to at least $199 for first offenders once court fees are collected.
A bill up for debate in the California Senate Transportation Committee would make bike riders subject to fines similar to those imposed on drivers who are caught using a mobile device behind the wheel.
A study from the University of California, Berkeley said a nearly 4-year-old ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones is saving lives.
In an effort to persuade drivers not to break the law, a bill passed by the state legislature, and awaiting the governor’s signature, would raise the penalty from $20 to $309 for a first offense.
Don’t text behind the wheel, don’t drive drunk, and buckle up – consider yourself warned this holiday weekend, by the California Highway Patrol.