Law applies to police, too

By From page A12 | April 13, 2014

I greatly appreciated your well-written article on the California Highway Patrol’s distracted drivers course and how dangerous it is to text while driving. I was also pleased to discover the information that it is illegal to text while stopped at a light (I can only assume that applies to stop signs, as well).

The reason I am writing pertains to a recent incident in downtown Davis at Third and E streets. I was walking and about to enter the Third Street crosswalk; a person on the opposite side had already entered, walking toward me. All cars were stopped at their limit lines. Suddenly, the car stopped right in front of me shot across the intersection, just missing me and the woman coming toward me.

We were aghast, of course, and held up our hands in disbelief as the car left the scene. But what really got our attention was the city of Davis police car that had been waiting behind the car that brushed us back. We looked over at it, waiting for the officer to take off after the miscreant, only to see him sitting there busily texting on his cell phone. He hadn’t seen the incident nor even noticed it was his time to advance to the stop sign!

So my simple message is this. Really? Police texting while driving? We can do better. (I was too surprised by the whole incident to capture a license plate number.) Hopefully, the officer knows who they are and perhaps this letter can be shared at the department. Time for some quality control, folks.
Earl Byron

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