CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown approved a flurry of new laws Friday, including an exception to the ban on texting while driving, an increase in fines for staging bear and rooster fights, and a prohibition against law enforcement officers having sex with arrestees. They will take effect in January. Brown announced Friday that he had signed 48 bills. One will permit drivers to dictate, send and listen to text-based communications as long as they do so using technology specifically designed for voice-operated and hands-free operation.
May 30, 2012 |
Graduation season is upon us, and words of wisdom will be flowing to the class of 2012 in commencement speeches from boldface personalities such as Michelle Obama, Steve Wozniak and Steve Carell. A little closer to home, I would like to offer a few insights from my dying analog generation to one high school senior in particular, who will soon be heading to the University of Chicago. Because he spends most of his time locked in his room, on his computer, ignoring my emails and texts, this is what I hope to share with him during one of our rare face-to-face encounters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 |
Frustrated at the White House and Congress, immigrant advocates are rolling out a series of pressure tactics to push forward legalization for illegal immigrants and other reforms. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march Sunday in Washington, D.C., urging officials to act on legislative reforms or face the consequences -- including a possible Latino voter backlash in November. Activists plan to launch texting and "tacos for justice" campaigns Friday to raise money for the reform campaign.
August 21, 2009
The science is clear on cellphones: Except for allowing people to call for help in an emergency, they make poor driving companions. A solid and growing body of studies shows that texting, conversing on hand-held phones or even chatting hands-free -- the one cellphone activity allowed under California law -- make us dangerous drivers, as likely to get into an accident as if we were legally drunk. Yet just as people used to say that a few beers didn't affect their motoring skills, drivers these days believe they're perfectly alert behind the wheel while on a cellphone.
February 18, 2013 |
There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments. Under current California law, drivers younger than 18 are already prohibited from talking on their mobile phones, even if they use a hands-free device or mobile service device. Another state law already prohibits texting while driving. But California state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
August 30, 2013 |
If you are texting with a driver and the distracted driver gets into an accident, should you also face legal consequences? Yes, says a New Jersey appeals court. In this day and age, the court reasons, your digital presence can be just as real as your physical presence. So if you know that the person you're texting is operating a vehicle, and you have good reason to believe that he'll view or respond to your message while driving, you too should be held responsible if he gets into an accident.
January 15, 2014 |
Curtis Reeves, who faces second-degree murder charges in the killing of a moviegoer who refused to stop texting, had a similar dispute with another moviegoer at the same theater two weeks earlier, a Florida couple said Wednesday. Jamira and Michael Dixon of Wesley Chapel, Fla., told CNN affiliate WTSP that they were watching the latest installment of "The Hobbit" at the Cobb Grove 16 movie theater in their neighborhood on Dec. 28 when Reeves, 71, snapped at Jamira for texting.
April 24, 2012 |
Call it the sinkhole tumble heard around the Web. A teenage girl in north China was walking down the sidewalk while talking on her cellphone when she fell -- suddenly and without warning -- into a sinkhole 20 feet deep. The fall was captured by security cameras stationed near the sinkhole, and video of the girl falling through the sidewalk has been making its way around the Internet. Academic studies have shown that pedestrians are less aware of their environment and more prone to engaging in unsafe behaviors when they are talking on a cellphone.
September 6, 2013 |
Most of us would rather not think of ourselves as irrational or dishonest. But in the books "Predictably Irrational" and "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty," Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University, makes the case that we're all probably both. And what's more, he says, that's not entirely bad. Does everyone behave irrationally sometimes? Absolutely yes. Irrationality is not about stupidity. It's about being human. Actually it's about both. Sometimes we behave irrationally because we don't think, or we don't think long-term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2009 |
I grew up thinking that California drivers were the best in the world. We may not have been very polite, especially in heavy traffic. But back in the glory days we California natives were savvy drivers. We were practically born behind a steering wheel, so it came easy to us. I learned the ins and outs of "defensive driving" before I learned my multiplication tables. My classroom was the back seat of a Volkswagen and my teacher was my father, who imparted instruction as he drove up and down the Hollywood Freeway.