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August 22, 2010

Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?

Texting no joke                 What is your reaction when you see someone texting while driving or gabbing away on with the cell phone to their ear while behind the wheel?  Generally speaking, I don’t notice someone engaged in these (or similar) activities unless I’m behind them waiting for them to finally realize that the light has turned green and it’s their turn to go.  And, of course, it’s always a fun challenge to avoid the car that just swerved into my lane because they’re answering that all-important text message or e-mail.  Oh, yeah, and the other day when a woman pulled out of her parking space and made a u-turn right in front of me.  Naturally, I understood her situation and didn’t mind laying down skid marks to avoid t-boning her car because, after all, she was engaged in what appeared to be a life-changing conversation with someone on the other end of the cell phone that was glued to her ear.

The Responsibility Project: Liberty Mutual Insurance

                Liberty Mutual Insurance has initiated the Responsibility Project which basically rails against texting-while-driving.  They ask "Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?: Their video, No Phone Zone Day is, well to say the least, an excellent portrayal of the dangers and horrors of texting-while-driving while not being in your face.

            Even Oprah Winfrey has made a Public Service Announcement about not texting-while-driving




Teen Arraigned in Texting-While-Driving Hit-and-Run

                Newsflash: Guilford (CT) teen arraigned in texting while driving hit-and-run.  I’m curious to know what you think about this situation.  The comments at the end of the article are pretty telling as to most people’s sentiment.  Apparently, this young driver struck a pedestrian and her dog.  He admitted to police that he was so engrossed in his texting that he thought he merely hit a bush and continued on his merry way. 

Tell-Tale Signs of Texting-While-Driving

                This got me to thinking: What are the tell-tale signs of texting while driving?  According to an article in Cincinnati.com by Emily Ulber entitled Police Are Alert to Tell-Tale Signs of Texting While Driving, Tom Scheben, a spokesman for the Boone County (OH) Sheriff’s Office, there are a few tell-tale signs:

·         Unnecessarily slowing down with sudden braking (perhaps when they look up from their phone,  they suddenly realize the car in front of them has just stopped)

·         Being stopped at stop sign with head down and no hands on the steering wheel

One Solution

Textecution

One solution to the texting-while-driving problem is Textecution which “kills texting functions while driving…”  The makers of Textecution describe their product: “Textecution™ is a user-friendly application that completely disables texting while driving. Textecution™ is designed for parents to install on their teenage driver's phone so they know their child is safer behind the wheel of the vehicle. Add immediate peace of mind, security, and safety today with Textecution™.  (Rest assured I have no financial stake in this product – I just found it on line today)

Links to Dangers of Texting-While-Driving

Blackberry keyboard FCC: The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Car & Driver Magazine: If Drivers Aren't Allowed to Watch TV in Cars, Why are Texting and E-mailing Legal?

Herald-Democrat: Texting Whie Driving: A Deathly Danger

PC World: Surprise: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous!

Lowell Steiger's Los Angeles Law Blog: More Links to Dangers of Texting While Driving


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August 08, 2010

Wear Your Seatbelt - Embrace Life, the Viral Video

Well, I think I'm coming late to the party because this beautiful video, entitled Embrace Life, has already had over 10 million hits.  My good friend up north, Lynnette Lipp, sent it to me today and, frankly, I was moved.  I think you'll  be moved, too.  In case you haven't seen it before, I beseech you to watch this video now. 

Seat Belts do save lives!!!  Produced by the Sussex Safer Roads Project

Seat Belt related links:

National Safety Council making our world safer

Wikipedia detailed seat belt discussion, examples

State Seat Belt Laws Governors Highway Safety Association - seat belt laws state by state

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Seat Belts

Questions? Concerns?

If You, Or Someone You Know, Was In an Accident

Call For Your Free Consultation

Please Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger Immediately at

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lowell@steigerlaw.com

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August 04, 2010

A World Without Lawyers

Great video, great song.  The video speaks for itself. Produced by Consumer Attorneys of California


Questions? Concerns?

If You, Or Someone You Know, Was In an Accident

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Please Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger Immediately at

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Red Light Camera Ticket? You Can Fight It!!!

Red light camera Wow, have you ever run a red light and then see that red light camera flash bulb go off?  Then, just as expected, that nasty ticket came in the mail?  You knew you were a goner, right?  Well, maybe not! A California Appeals Court recently came down with a decision in The People v. Tarek Khaled which rendered the photographs inadmissible as hearsay and, on that basis, overturned a the conviction for running a red light based on the red light photo!

The ruling, in part, reads as follows: "To be more specific, the photographs contain hearsay evidence concerning the matters depicted in the photographs including the date, time, and other information."  Here are some relevant bullet points:

  • Person who entered relevant info into camera-computer system did not testify
  • Person who entered that information was not subject to cross-examination
  • Person(s) who maintain the system did not testify
  • No one with personal knowledge testified about how often system is maintained or how often date and time are verified or corrected
  • Custodian of records for company that contracts with city to maintain, monitor, store, and disperse the photographs did not testify
  • Person with direct knowledge of workings of the camera did not testify
  • The person who did testify, Santa Ana Police Officer Alan Berg, had attended a training session in the distant past about the overall workings of the system.  He could not testify about specific procedure for programming and storage of system information

Bottom line: All is not lost!!!  Hire yourself an attorney experienced in red light camera tickets.

Here are some interesting and useful red light camera links:

Photo Enforced Camera Database: Intersections, Locations and Fines throughout U.S.

Los Angeles Police Department Photo Red Light FAQ's

Fighting Red Light Camera Tickets: HighwayRobbery.net

National Motorists Association: All Kinds of Interesting Links about Red Light Cameras

My Past Traffic Ticket Postings: Some very interesting articles

Hey, I'm not advocating that you run red lights.  Obviously it's always safety first. 

Questions? Concerns?

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Please Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger Immediately at

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lowell@steigerlaw.com

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