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41] Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds drivers all over the state that in less than a month, they will rio longer be able to legally text message while behind the wheel. Jan. 1, 2009, a new state law will go into effect, a law aimed to prevent text messaging while driving and the collisions that could occur as a result. SB28 prohibits a person us- ing an electronic wireless communications device to write, send or read text-based messages while operating a motor vehicle. This law specif- ically addresses, but is not limited to, instant messages and all forms of e-mail-based correspondence. Similar to its no cell-phone counterpart, drivers are sub- ject to $20 fee for the first of- fense, and $50 for each subse- quent offense. However. un- like SB33 that focuses on teens and SB1613 that allows cell phone usage accompanied by a headset for adults, SB28 af- fects all drivers. No points will be shown on DMV records for this violation, but penalty assessments will be added, which could more than triple the base fine amount. This law does not apply to any passengers in motor vehi- cles, or to emergency services professionals using an elec- tronic wireless communication device while operating an au- thorized emergency vehicle. For many of us, the text mes- LAW, from page 3B -both axles were attached to the vehicle. Suspicious: In Quincy, Social Services asked to pass on a re- port involving three nurses at Country Villa. The caller said an anonymous person called "her and said he was visiting the night before when he wit- nessed three nurses walk into a room, open a drawer and pull out a powdery substance, lifting it up to their faces. He didn't knov what it was. The caller reported the anony- mous man was looking for the number for the board of nurs- ing. The caller also sniff he sounded "spooked." At Large: In Portola, a Red Bluff parole unit advised a man suspected of being in vio- lation of his parole had a last known address in Portola. The officer advised he might be in Reno at the moment. Portola units were advised Free Parking: In Quincy, a caller reported a pickup was parked in her driveway. In- formation was given to CHP and deputies. Sunday, Dec. 7 Dispute: In Meadow Valley, a caller reported a neighboring couple threw rocks onto their property. A deputy spoke to ~the caller and advised the in- ,formation was on file. The ~deputy said it wasn't vandal- 8-- ism. but an ongoing problem over a road easement. Fight: In Portola, a caller re- ported having a fight with her neighbor over a washing ma- chine. A deputy contacted both parties and the problem was resolved. Monday, Dec. 8 Burglary: In Chester, some- one reported that a summer cabin was burglarized with an approximate loss of $4,000. Prolific: In Chester, a caller requested extra patrol checks of the cul-de-sac because of ongoing problems with a sus- pect's drinking, littering and possible drug use. Drunken Conspiracy: In Quincy, a person who had been drinking asked for the CIA. A deputy advised the man was drunk and agreed to go to bed for the night. Traveling Meat: In Crescent Mills, a caller reported that an unknown person came to her house in a pickup truck selling meat. There was a re- frigerator in the back of the truck. A deputy checked the area and was unable to locate anything. Wednesday, Dec. 10 Improper Disposal: In La Porte at the Little Grass Val- ley Dam, a caller reported a vehicle that had been burned while parked on the dam. The call was transferred to CHP. CHP REPORT Car vs. Deer, Dec. 10 Dwight Cerasola, 54, of Beckwourth was traveling southbound on Beckwourth Genesee Road at approxi- mately 45 mph in a 2007 Chevy pickup. A deer ran across the road from the east shoulder, di- rectly in his path. Cerasola didn't have time to apply the brakes or swerve due to the proximity of the deer. No injuries were reported. Glasses, Dec. 11 Edward Cates, 68, of Quin- cy was headed northbound on SR 89 at a stated speed of 45-50 mph, rounding a curve to his right. Jack Hansen, 50, also of Quincy was southbound on SR 89 at a stated speed of 53-54 mph, rounding a curve to his left. Cates was attempting to ad- just his eye glasses and al- lowed his 2004 Ford pickup to drift into the southbound traffic lane, where it side- swiped Hansen's 1999 Mit- subishi and slid off the west roadway edge where it struck a tree with its front end. The pickup came to rest on its wheels, facing in a northwesterly direction. The Mitsubishi spun coun- terclockwise off the wet road- way edge and struck a tree with its rear end, coming to Just in time r the Hohday 2oo8 FORD FUSION AWD. SE. auto. AC. 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Conversely, in situations were there's too much noise such as concerts, parties or movies, the short, quick rues- sages save time, doesn't re- quire a verbal conversation and can effectively be used to entertain or simply tell a friend the sender's where- abouts. However, text messaging can go from being a conve- nient and useful tool, to a dan- gerous distraction in seconds once behind the wheel of a mo- tor vehicle. According to the Transport Research Laboratory, the re- action time of people driving while text messaging is 35 per- cent slower, while reaction times were only 12 percent slower for drunk drivers and 21 percent slower for those who smoke marijuana. Look- ing away for one second is enough time for a cyclist or child to end up in front of your vehicle, or for another driver to quickly veer into your lane. To get the "buzz" on the new cellular phone and text laws, visit phonelaws/index.htm. rest on its wheels facing zn a northeasterly direction. Cates was taken to PDH with minor injuries and Hansen was uninjured. Major Injuries, Dec. 14 Ronald Wadsworth, 61, of Quincy was driving a 1993 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on SR-70 approaching Keddie at an unknown speed. For an unknown reason, Wadsworth allowed the pick- up to drift off of the south edge of the roadway. It hit a roadway speed ad- visory sign and a large pine tree head on. Wadsworth became pinned in the vehicle and was extri- cated by emergency person- nel. He had no memory of the events leading up to the colli- sion and was'transferred to PDH with major injuries. Snow Skid, Dec. 14 Nancy Neff, 54, of Greenville was driving west- bound on SR-70, just west of Quarry Road, in a 2004 Dodge SUV. Neff was driving "slowly" in four-wheel drive in a heavy snowstorm when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle. The SUV skidded on the snow-covered roadway, across the eastbound lane, and sideswiped the guardrail on the south shoulder. It came to rest against the guardrail and had to be towed off of it. No injuries were reported. Misty Mountain Hop, Dec. 14 James Pontsler. 49, of Reno, Nev., was driving west- bound on Bucks Lake Road. west of Big Creek Road, in a 2003 Chevy pickup. He was traveling at a stat- ed speed of 10 mph. The CHP characterized this as "an un- safe speed for the curve laden mountainous roadway and the snowy/icy roadway conditions." Pontsler lost control of the vehicle as he traversed a mght curve in the roadway. The truck slid across the eastbound lane and off of the south side of the roadway. After sliding off of the roadway, the pickup rolled over down a steep hillside. It came to rest on its wheels on the south side of the road, facing in a west-southwester- ly direction. The CHP commented, "Pontsler and his passenger Mary James, 69, also of Reno, were uninjured in this colli- sions due to the fact that they were wearmg seatbelts. "It appeared highly likely that both occupants may have suffered significant in. juries had they not been wearing seatbelts. "The hillside was very steep and the vehicle rolled over numerous times." Learn about the new State and Federal Labor Law changes that affect every California Business, including: Payment of Wages for Mandatory Poster Changes Employees of Temporary Services Cell Phone and Text Messaging While Driving Right to Work Documentation Changes for 2009 Meal and Rest Period Compliance Workers' Comp Injury Reporting And Much More! JANUARY 16, 2009 10am - Noon Modoc Employment Center 211 N. Main St. Alturas, CA 96001 530-233-4161 JANUARY 20, 2009 10am - Noon Lassen Career Network 1616 Chestnut St. Susanville, CA 96130 530-257-5057 JANUARY 21, 2009 10am- Noon Plumas Work Connection 1953 E. Main St. Quincy, CA 95971 530-283-1606 Interested attendees should call the numbers listed above to register. Alliance For Workforce Development, Inc. Providing pathways to success