Tomioka told us she wasn't aware of an epidemic of phone-related bike crashes in San Francisco, though there's no telling for certain, since the police -- surprise -- don't keep statistics on cell-phone-provoked bicycle accidents.
In the meantime, we've got a call in to Simitian's office for the state senator's thoughts on how enforceable his bill would be for California Highway Patrol officers and local cops if passed.
UPDATE, 6:14 P.M.: Simitian called us back to chat about his proposed bike-text ban. The gist of his comments was that it should be clear that traffic laws -- stop signs, yellow lights, and bans on chatting on the phone or sending text messages -- apply equally to bikes and cars, and that bikes should have been mentioned explicitly in a 2006 state ban on talking on cell phones without a "hands-free" device while driving.
"Is it enforceable? Sure it is," Simitian said. "The rules of the road apply to both motor vehicles and bicyclists. It's really a drastic oversight from 2006 not to include bicyclists." However, he also noted that fines for bicyclists will be lower than for motorists -- $20 for a first-time offense and $50 thereafter.
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