Re "Crackdown on car cellphones" (Our Region, Dec. 27): I found it mildly encouraging that Northern California traffic officers spent some time focusing on cell phone users. I have seen a couple of these stories over the last year and yet I still spot numerous abusers every time I drive.
One significant contributing factor to this proliferation is that in the last couple of years Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two bills that would have increased penalties for driving while texting or holding a cell phone.
What was he thinking? It has taken 50 years for drunken driving penalties to evolve to the point where they are finally large enough to be an actual deterrent to most people.
Why wouldn't the governor recognize this obvious history lesson and fast forward to penalties that are large enough to make people think twice before sending an unnecessary text or making a call that can wait?
-- Yvonne Yu, Elk Grove