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Lamorinda Drivers Driven to Distraction - Here, Here, and Here

Local law enforcement agencies are cooperating with the California Highway Patrol in a "zero tolerance" crackdown aimed at folks who text and talk while driving. The ones we saw on the road today didn't look all that concerned.

In a decidedly random and non-scientific survey, Patch reporters stationed themselves at three key intersections Monday and counted the number of folks using their cell phones in defiance of an ongoing "" enforcement effort, counting the number of obvious users among random groups of 25 motorists.

Here's what they found:

Lafayette: Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Moraga Road, counter positioned at crosswalk - 6 out of 25 motorists were on the phone with phones or handheld devices in plain view, 1 probable.

Moraga: Saint Mary's Road at Bollinger Canyon, counter positioned in a turnout - 7 out of 25 motorists were dialed in, one lady in a white Tundra so distracted by her call she strayed into oncoming traffic, pulling back into her own lane after oncoming driver hit the horn.

Orinda: Theater Square, counter positioned at the fountain - 4 of 25 drivers were taking calls, 1 probable texter.

Members of the Patch Irregulars said they saw an increased police presence on the road but it is too soon to tell how many, if any, tickets for distracted driving were issued. We'll have those statistics later in the month.

Deb wainscott April 06, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Wow Lisa, that video is very straight forward. Makes a very sound point
Doug Garmany April 06, 2011 at 03:40 AM
There is a free app called stoptxting.com that prevents txting and driving at the same time. Give it a look at stoptxting.com
elizabeth doyle April 06, 2011 at 04:34 AM
I saw signs on the bridge saying $159.00 fine for texting. Make it $1559.00 and it could have some impact. When you are driving, often someone is going irregular speeds and when you see them...they are on the phone....either talking or texting. Everyone is looking at their phone while walking down the street, in markets, in parking lots. It might be part of the survival of the most aware.
c5 April 07, 2011 at 01:46 PM
well if the police are going to enforce this law more i think that's a good thing, as this behavior clearly impacts public safety. hopefully enforcing this law will get them off the revenue raising nuisance speeding ticket and other waste of time activities that have zero impact on safety. sitting on pleasant hill or deer hill road at 5am waiting to snag local resident commuters on their way to work does nothing for safety and it tarnishes the image of the local police in residents eyes imo.
Ken April 16, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Big SUVs do scare me more than a prius especially after dumb blonde in BIG black suv holding phne in left hand ran stop sign at St stevens get off from 24 east obviously never saw me or the stop .Ialways look 3 times before crossing especially for commuters trying to get ahead of two cars in trip home 4/6 p.m.Talk about Holywood stop. Next time ill get her plate # and share with you.

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