Q I laugh every time you print articles about driving and using mobile phones.
A You laugh? I shed tears.
Q Here's why. In 2000 my family moved to Singapore. Almost the first thing anyone (locals and expats) told us was not to drive and use our hand phones. We were told that to keep people from driving and using their phones the government had kept increasing fines until it was thousands of dollars.
Q I tell you, it works. The first thing you often hear when calling someone is, "Hold on, I'm not on my hands-free."
It is considered against the law when using a hand phone while you try to make or pick up a call while the vehicle is in motion; holding the phone in one hand, driving single-handed and even if you are using wireless Bluetooth. Offenders can be fined up to $1,000 or face an imprisonment term not exceeding six months or both.
We have been back in the U.S. since 2006 and I wonder if stiffer laws would even make a difference here. Anyway, your article was again my chuckle of the day. Any thoughts?
A Whoa. I'm speechless, and that doesn't happen too often.
Q Every morning on my way to work I see many drivers talking on cellphones driving too slow for traffic, swerving or not paying attention. Yet there is no CHP ticketing these people. If they would start enforcing the law, we would have more than enough funds to increase the number of officers and pay for road repairs.
A Police across California last year issued 399,064 cellphone tickets to drivers over the age of 18. That was down from a peak of 460,467 in 2011.
However, they also issued 27,207 texting tickets, up from 2,845 in 2009.
Q Everyone makes issues about texting and cellphone use while driving and rightfully so, but in that same category should be women putting on makeup while driving. I recently entered Interstate 680 at McKee. I was behind a woman with two children in the back seat.
The whole time I was behind her she was applying makeup to her eyes, holding a makeup kit in her left hand and eye brush in her right hand and applying makeup to her eyelashes while looking in the rearview mirror.
We were at speeds of 60 to 65 mph. She changed lanes twice to exit at Montague Expressway all the while applying makeup. I wondered what her husband would say had he known what danger his children were in.
A Hopefully, he doesn't shave while driving.
Q So now a California court OKs using a cellphone map while driving.
Oh my, what a slippery slope THIS is! Now police need to determine exactly what you were staring at when they saw you holding your phone? So I guess playing Flappy Bird while driving is OK now!
A Don't push your luck.