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CELL PHONES: Raise fines on drivers

Letter by Anthony Dato, Tacoma on Nov. 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm with 7 Comments »
November 11, 2011 10:26 am

I drive all the time around Tacoma and surrounding areas, and I see many drivers still using their cell phones even though it is illegal. The idea of ticketing them is fine, but the amount does not seem to be enough of a deterrent.

I think that the fine should be at least $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for the next. This should at least make people stop and think about whether it is worth it to use their cell or wait until they can pull off the road and make the call. The fines would also help  increase police budgets without raising taxes, and save some lives.

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  1. sandblower says:

    I’m with you in spirit Anthony, but I think the problem is enforcement. I could be wrong. It would be interesting to know how many tickets have been issued in Tacoma and what the Police Department’s standing policy is. Do they conduct specific enforcement actions targeting phone users, for example?
    One can sit at any major intersection and watch the cars go by for only a minute or two and see phone users, young, old, men and women.
    I hope nobody hits me while they are on the phone. It will be difficult to maintain my pleasant demeanor. I know that in advance.

  2. Instead of a fine,how about a year in jail,and make that,manditory? If you pass a law that has some teeth in it,that law might get someones attention.

  3. I agree that something more needs to be done to deter motorists from talking on their cell phones while driving. I am more scared than ever of being hit by some driver laughing and yacking away on their cell phone while driving, especially when approaching or turning in an intersection. Public education is mandatory. How about making better use of our existing billboard signs with a stern message? Or how about monthly campaigns by the state patrol looking specifically for these violators? Put out a message beforehand like they do when they will be looking for seat belt violators and DUIers. We need these repetitive campaigns and often to get the message across! It will pay off in the long run.

  4. stetsonwalker says:

    Here is the missed point here, although I pull over to talk on the phone because I know myself, it is not the problem it is made out to be. Study after study shows that talking on the cell presents no more danger than having food or conversation with a passenger, and I see a lot more of that than talking on the phone.

  5. BlaineCGarver says:

    This letter gets the Idiot of The Week award.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    (I hit enter too fast) It’s absolutely amazing that one could vote for zero Pot enforcement (which probably causes more accidents than cell phones) but charge a big fine for cell phone use…You all keep thinking, as that’s what you do best….

  7. princessnancy says:

    Blaine; I agree with you 100% Our priorities are certainly out of whack! Cell phone enforcement GOOD, pot enforcement BAD. I don’t get it?

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