hands free law

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Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor

Correct Ambiguities of AB 1785/CVC-23123.5 Cellular Hands-free Public Safety Law

Calif AB 1785 was passed in 2016 and went into effect 1/1/2017 as California Vehicle Code 23123. Because the letter of the law is ambiguous, as are its interpretation, the call-to-action is to correct CVC-23123.5 considering the points presented. Impact: Demonstrate that "two-way radio use" is not a significant threat to public safety. Implementation: Clearly limit this law to known, tangible risks vs. those that are not.  Talking points: Given/accepted: Safe operation of the vehicle is the most important responsibility of a driver Given/accepted: Immersive/interactive visual and typing response to 'devices' can be a significant distraction to motor vehicle operation Historically: In nearly 70+ years of "two-way radio" there are NO known, documented cases of such operation being any known threat to public safety or operation of a motor vehicle. Possible unintended consequences: 'Profiling' of those with any 'additional' antennas on their vehicle no matter the use/application. 'Profiling' of those with amateur radio license plates as they could suggest a the driver may be operating 'illegally.' Inhibition of essential situation awareness for public safety that does not meet some criteria of 'emergency' reporting Our request: Constrain this legislation, law and enforcement to its originally intended "cell phone" focus Strike any/all broad "and other devices, etc.." language that suggests other than the intended cellular/smart-phone/interactive devices As much as possible/practical exempt/exclude fixed-installation devices with 'passive' components/accessories that do not require both visual and tactile distraction to operate (tethered/attached radio microphones.) Ensure consistency in the detection and enforcement advice to all agencies and LEOs, to the extent of recognition of basic communications devices that are less complex than the devices employed in their jobs. Bottom-line: Laws/regulations must be universally and commonly understandable by the public, LEO, lawyers and judges. Laws must only address known risks to public safety, of which there is NO data relative to any variant of "two-way radio." This law could be a negative model for other states, or it could be a good one.  Informed and considerate, we can do better, and expect it.  We look forward to appropriate improvements and effectiveness of this and future laws/regulations without ambiguity, and with consistency of application.

Jim Aspinwall
1,684 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Texas State Senate, Texas State House, Texas Governor, Tom Craddick, Jane Nelson, Craig Estes, Kelly Hancock, Konni Burton, Brian Birdwell, Brandon Creighton, Sylvia Garcia, Paul Bettencourt, Larry Taylor, Rodney Ellis, John Whitmire, Joan Huffman, Lois Kolkhorst, Van Taylor

Create and pass a Texas law banning the use of hand held electronics while driving.

In the evening of April 9th, 2016, an accident occurred in Denton that took the lives of two mothers and two daughters. It happened so quickly that neither mother had a chance to brake. The accident took the lives of 41 year old Emma Lourdes Shaffer, 12 year old Emma "Tita" Shaffer, 26 year old Ashley Morgan, and 4 year old Lorelei Cotter. Two sons were left without their mother. Two men lost the loves of their lives. Young friends of the daughters had to learn hard lessons about life and death. An entire community was plunged into the depths of grief, and countless lives were changed forever. What was the cause of such a horrific accident? Phone usage while driving. You can read the details of the accident in this Denton Record-Chronicle article. The families and communities surrounding the Shaffers and the Morgan/Cotters are not alone in their grief. According to a report last year by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver EVERY SINGLE DAY. And the number of traffic fatalities is sharply rising according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recent announcement. You can read the details of those statistics in this Wall Street Journal article.  We are grateful that the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting phone use by novice drivers, by bus drivers, and for all drivers while in school zones. But that is not enough. According to, 46 states have a law that at least prohibits texting and driving. Texas is one of the four that does not. It's time for Texas to protect its citizens. It's time for Texas to prevent more lives from being lost. It's time for Texas to take a stand. It's time to create and pass a Texas law banning the use of hand held electronics while driving This petition was created by the Champion Cheer Leadership Team in support of the Text Free for Tita campaign. The petition is being supported by the Cheer Athletics Icon program along with many other Texas cheerleading gyms who all felt the loss of Tita Shaffer from the All Star Cheerleading community.  

Champion Cheer
34,707 supporters