Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Texting and driving

EDITOR: It’s been a little over a month since I was rear-ended on Highway 50, by a 19-year-old. This child told the police she was adjusting her radio, my guess is she was probably texting. Apparently the police aren’t allowed to ask if you were texting while driving.

How else can you get slammed into by someone going 40 mph? Her brakes were never applied. Two more cars were hit because of her stupidity.

I suffered not only whiplash, but two very large contusions which are still very visible and very painful.

Although speeding wasn’t a factor in this accident, everyday on my way home from work I notice car after car exceeding the posted speed limit of 40, especially when approaching Bedford Avenue. God forbid a driver should have to stop at that signal before flying up the hill to Tahoe or wherever they are going in such a hurry.

I am a fairly new taxpayer to El Dorado County, but I have never lived in a community where drivers have such blatant disregard for traffic rules and laws. I know my comments won’t make any difference to those who feel they are above the law, or to those who are just too stupid to obey the law, but if one person reads this and decides to stop texting while he or she is driving, or slows down while driving through town, or doesn’t insist on tailgating you all through town because you decide to do the speed limit, then maybe one more accident can be prevented.

I do hope the person who hit me learns her lesson.


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Discussion | 16 comments

  • TiffanyOctober 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Mary I feel your frustration. You mention this driver was a 19 year old child. I can tell you that I have seen more adults than teens texting while driving as I drive to and from work every day. And by the way I also had my vehicle hit from behind while at a stop light and the girl had been fiddling with the defrost system in her car. Texting and cell phones aren't the only distractions for many drivers. I hope that you recover soon from your injuries.

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  • Helping others...October 23, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 "Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind, which, if encouraged, will cut a channel so wide that all other thoughts will be drained out. Focus not on your fears, but focus on your strengths so you can overcome, and help others."

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  • Oh BrotherOctober 24, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Once again I will say, where is the CHP? Where are the Placerville PD?...CHP would make plenty on tickets on 50 between Pollock and Placerville but more importantly, hopefully save lives...this is about the tenth blog I have commented about this issue and only on Sunday evenings do I see a CHP unit hiding in the bushes westbound after coming down the grade from Cedar Grove...comments do not make a difference to either the drivers or law enforcement.

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  • Great Gaspen AspenOctober 28, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Oh Brother, You seem to be one who arm chair quarterbacks local Law Enforcement. I have a thought for you.....walk a mile in their shoes before you have any legit opinion as to why they are not where YOU think they should be. Better yet....join an Academy and go through all the training, then IF YOU DON'T GET WASHED OUT, you can hopefully complete the training as a rookie. Until you have been in their shoes, please keep your uninformed opinions to yourself.

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  • no gasOctober 28, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Great Gas Ass: You being such a hot diggity hot shot and all how come you think CHP are on foot patrol. Even so, people still get to have opinions without being CHP or President of the United States of America or King Kong or whatever. Otherwise, we'd just sit around talking about ourselves. Which is why you're so defensive.

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  • Great Gaspen AspenOctober 28, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    No Gas: You have misread. I don't have time for the likes of you. You have NO CLUE. Yes, people are entitled to their matter how ignorant. Have a nice life.

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  • No GasOctober 28, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Gas Ass, you have time for me after all. Great getting to know you. More later.

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  • teetemOctober 29, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Couldn't agree more! Considering the small amount of time and large number of offenders I run across every day... and the large amount of time the CHP/Placerville Police/Sheriff's Dept are on the road - they MUST be seeing WAY more offenders than I'm seeing!!!!

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  • robertdnollOctober 28, 2013 - 4:53 am

    CHP receives no money from tickets

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  • good driverOctober 28, 2013 - 11:07 am

    The CHP officer gets overtime pay if he has to go to court, The State increases their revenue, the county gets some of the revenue and the courts get there fees.... I guess this is making no money ????? Plus it is CHP's JOB..... Time for them to do it.....

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  • Melanie SanchezOctober 28, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Mary, I completely empathize with you that I, too, have never seen worse drivers with so little regard for traffic laws as in Eldorado and Sacramento Counties. I am also relatively new to this area (one year now) and I am leaving this area because the drivers are too rude and the entire atmosphere is too fast paced for retirement! I fear the upcoming weeks on the roads with the rain approaching. Please slow down everybody - isn't your life worth more than 2 minutes ahead for your destination?

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  • Oh BrotherOctober 28, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Gaspen up the Aspen - they are the CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL....they need to get out there and patrol the damn highway...I know a little more than you think I do...but you are a typical cop who thinks they know it all and are in charge of the world...CHP GET ON HWY 50...

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  • MorrisOctober 28, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    This is another reason in an of itself why a fair trial is a must. Law Enforcement. Professionals, yes. Human....also yes. An inherent flaw in the job is that to a law enforcement professional, nearly everyone they arrest is guilty. Why? Because they arrested the person. Rarely does the officer see the end result if the trial itself and as a result does not see the innocent verdict should that be the outcome. So by default, the officer is always 'right'; a situation I am all too damn familiar with. It's quite maddening in a relationship. But even worse in matters of justice and personal freedoms, rights and privacy. It is, however, a side-effect of the job and one that is very difficult for most cops to overcome. Remember: Human.

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  • Oh BrotherOctober 29, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    I understand that cops are human beings, that is not the issue...the issue is drunk drivers, raging drivers, texting drivers, erratic drivers, speeding drivers and the drivers that are cutting you off and whipping in and out dangerously close to vehicles.. saving human lives should be their main concern, particularly because they are human also. And to add to my frustration, a Placerville Police officer did not use his turn signal to change lanes on Hwy 50 so that he could take the Forni/Placerville Dr exit at about 12:15 this afternoon...he cut off a car..all of the police need to follow the laws also. And I could care less who is getting the money, my taxes are paying the law enforcement officers salary...

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  • JohnOctober 29, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    I, too, feel Mary's pain and frustration. /what is most disturbing is that, from random observation, I find that the largest number of offenders consists of relatively young women, between 18 and 35 or so. Many of them have kids, either in the car or at home, yet they do not seem to connect talking on a cell phone and danger.

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  • Little RickyOctober 29, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Simple solution Phones have GPS, GPS senses your motion and speed simply deign the phone to only be able to call 911 when at driving speeds. I got an app for that...

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