Too Quick to Veto Hands-Free Law?
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?
Hundreds of lives are at stake.
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