Posted on April 24, 2012 in Personal Injury
It is a well established belief that using cell phones while driving can be incredibly dangerous. When drivers talk on their phones they become less aware of what’s going on around them, which can lead to accidents that otherwise could be avoided. In fact, the correlation between cell phone use and motor vehicle accidents is so noticeable that some states, such as New York and California, have banned the usage of cell phones while driving.
In some cities, however, like San Francisco, driving can be less convenient than other forms of transportation, due to limited parking and narrow streets. As such, some people walk or ride bicycles. An interesting problem arises from this. Some cyclists use their cell phones as they ride, which is certainly dangerous, as they are taking a hand off of their steering column in order to speak. Moreover, they are using the same roadways as motorists, who are prohibited from using cell phones while they drive. This has led some to question whether or not the no cell phone law should extend to cyclists as well.
Currently, there is legislation in the California State Assembly that is focusing on doing just that. The law would make it just as illegal for cyclists to ride and be on their cell phones at the same time. Both this law and the car version share the same reasoning: that someone who is talking on the phone is not paying sufficient attention to their surroundings and thus more prone to causing or being part of an accident. Moreover, cyclists are considered the same as motorists when they use California’s roadways, and because of this, everyone ought to obey the same laws. Lawmakers say that the proposition makes sense and should be applied immediately.
For first time offenders, cyclists must pay a fine of $20 and $30 for a second offense. Drivers pay significantly more than that for their offenses; however, they are driving cars, not bicycles, which can cause greater harm in an accident than a bicycle.
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