Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Voted safe-cellphone legislation and crashed while answering cellphone.

Extracts from the AP wire:
CA State senator Carole Migden was driving erratically before accident 5/22/07
(she was talking on her cellphone)

State Sen. Carole Migden bounced her state-issued SUV off the concrete median on Interstate 80 and nearly ran other motorists off the freeway before slamming into the back of another vehicle last week, the California Highway Patrol and witnesses said Tuesday.

More than half a dozen motorists made emergency calls about Migden's erratic driving before the Friday accident, the CHP said. The rear-end collision in Fairfield, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento, injured a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, who were sent to the emergency room.

In a statement released by her office last week, the San Francisco Democrat said the accident happened after she took her eyes off the road while reaching for a ringing cell phone.

Her state-issued 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid sport utility vehicle then rear-ended a Honda sedan that was slowing to stop at a traffic light.

Migden then got back in the SUV and began talking on her cell phone as police and emergency workers arrived, Jordan said.

Because Migden said she was on state business at the time, insurance paid for by California's taxpayers will cover damages and any other costs.

Last year, Migden voted for a law that takes effect in July 2008 requiring drivers to use a headset or other hands-free device when talking on a cell phone while driving.

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At 5:02 PM, Anonymous sylvia said...

I don't know how it is in other places, but out here in California people cannot get into their cars without plastering their damn cell phones to their faces. It's obnoxious and perilous. I hadn't yet heard this story, but it doesn't surprise me a bit. Last week I got into a "discussion" with a friend who drives a lot and refuses to use a hands-free device. He said he found the clarity of the tone distracting to his driving.


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