California Establishes Texting Only Lanes Effective January 1, 2017!

Effective January 1, 2017 new legislation bans all cellphone use while driving. See New California law prohibits all cellphone use while driving

However an obscure provision in California Assembly Bill 6666 creating Texting Only Lanes and Streets ALSO goes into effect next year! 

Recognizing the chronic behavior of texting drivers, Assembly Bill 6666 mandates that certain lanes, streets, and roads will be dedicated and restricted to Texting Only Drivers.

I. Selected carpool lanes will be converted to Texting Only Lanes…texting-only-sign

II. Certain roadways and streets will have different time limitations…

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III. To use such lanes one MUST be texting while driving.

Failure to comply will result in a fine…

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To enforce the new texting law, a fleet of 5000 drones equipped to monitor cellphone texting signals will deploy to monitor compliance.

  • If a non-texting vehicle is detected in a designated Texting Lane or Street, the drone will take a photo of the license and the vehicle occupants and automatically generate a violation notice.
  • Efforts to authorize drone missile strikes on vehicles with three prior non-texting violations were narrowly defeated in a late night vote.

PLEASE NOTE: Texting in all other lanes is still prohibited and will be monitored by the new drone fleet.

Drivers will also be given adequate notice as to when a Texting Lane is ending…end-texting-lane

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Walking The 101…

…even if pedestrians are not legal on a California Freeway!

I captured this image of a “traveler” (a.k.a. hitchhiker) on the side of the freeway by the Sonoma/Marin line…

Walkin' The 101

Walkin’ The 101

Given the increasing gridlock congestion on 101, he was progressing faster than we were…

Walkin' The 101

Walkin’ The 101

However, lane splitting motorcycles move faster than anyone…

Splitting The 101

Splitting The 101

Missing Roomba Alert!

I am passing this on immediately in hopes that someone or somebody will locate this missing Petaluma Droid!

Details and owner contact information below photo…

Roomba Missing!

Roomba Missing!

“As of last Tuesday, July 5, at 11 am, my Robot Roomba 650 Vacuum Robot went missing. I’m pretty sure he went out the side door. Petaluma isn’t that big, but on a full charge, a Roomba has a range of several miles.  Until he runs out power.  Roombas are notorious for going rogue.  I’m sooooo bummed.  This is the droid  you’re looking for! Your help is appreciated.”

Petaluma Street Lights–ONE person does it all!!!

Several years ago I noticed that some street lights were on all the time and decided to be a “good citizen” and report them. I was advised that they only had one person for this task and it would take some time.

I did not follow-up on any of this but remembered it when a street light problem recently developed on our street–half the lights were out. So I reported it last March via the City web page. Here is their prompt response…

“Thank you for your submission…we will make every effort to address your request in a timely manner…Please note that at this time, because of reduced staffing, the Public Works Department has fewer personnel available to work on street light outages. We have one full time Street Light Technician working to eliminate the backlog of requests.”

AND HERE HE IS!

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 Sigh…

Crows Nest In Petaluma River!!

BREAKING NEWS

Local crows– found in open and clear violation of “Cal Fornia” Penal Code!!😦

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In front of the entire public on Water Street they took over an Abandoned Shopping Cart in the Petaluma River–visible only at low tide.

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Oh the shock and shame of it all…such a blatant disregard of the law…DSCF8517WEB