SAN FRANCISCO - A California lawmaker, who favors a penalty for people caught driving while using their cell phone, reportedly caused a car accident this weekend while she was on her cell phone.
State Sen. Carole Migden, 58, D-San Francisco, was driving her state-issued SUV near Vallejo on Friday morning when she rear-ended another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officials say the vehicle in front of Migden was slowing down for a red light, when the senator slammed into the back of the car � which then ran into another van.
One driver complained of minor injuries, and Migden has taken responsibility for the crash.
Last year, Migden voted in favor of a new law that will impose a minimum fine of $20 for drivers caught using a cell phone on the road, without the aid of a hands-free device.
Migden will not be fined, however, because the new law doesn�t take effect until July 2008.
Monday, May 21, 2007