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    Well a civil action has a lesser standard of guilt. I suppose the video was not definitive enough to remove the shadow of a doubt? Or was there just inadequate investigation for the prosecutor to proceed. I hope that the civil case is open that might shed some light.

    The pedestrian deaths are of concern too. Though I have witnessed a pedestrian walk into heavy traffic and lose, I assume most are walking legally. Even in a city as large as SF, 21 a year seems a lot to me.

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    As another poster said in a previous thread, if you want to kill someone, just wait until they get on a bike or are walking on the sidewalk and run them down.

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    Deputy Who Hit Biking Napster Exec While Driving Distracted Won't Face Charges: LAist

    If the police radio had been used instead of a computer to ask/answer a question, the cyclist would be alive today. The exemption for emergency services to text etc. should be for during an emergency, not for routine communications.

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    Agree! Hard for me to see radio communication and answering an email on a laptop as "the same".

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    I'm surprised they are citing that as reason for not charging the officer. I don't know the particulars of California law, but I can't imagine the law providing cover. Most emergency vehicle law is written that you can break most rules of the road as long as you don't hit someone, and if you hit some one the assumption is you screwed up. But what do I know, I'm a fireman, you can see all the times we are charged in traffic accidents, I think in this case the thin blue line protects its self :/ It should go to grand jury and let the public decide.

    I don't hear a thing about internal discipline or internal policy changes. There's no way that should be acceptable either.

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    this is horse$hit the more I think about it. The texting and driving exemption allows them to text and drive, it doesn't allow them to rear end people, hit cyclists, hit pedestriants etc. He still traveled into the bike lane and hit someone, there has to be a law on the books for that.

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    ^^ Texting is more dangerous than drunk driving. If he had been drunk, he'd he in a world of hurt, so this is crap IMHO.

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    Just goes to reinforce the open season on cyclists.

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