Don’t Pick Up Your Phone While Stopped at a Signal

Don’t Pick Up Your Phone While Stopped at a Signal | July 14, 2017

At our July 13 meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Social we heard from LAPD Officer Steven Hollowell, who is part of a four person bike patrol unit in the Southwest Area. He informed attendees that the bike patrol does issue warnings and citations and cautioned against distracted driving particularly with cell phones. Since July 1, 2017 they are enforcing California Vehicle Code 23123 (a) which states that drivers may not hold cell phones or have them in their laps while their vehicles are moving or stopping at signals or signs. Drivers may have their phones mounted and touch their phones to access them. The crowd was surprised by this news and asked some clarifying questions. Officer Hollowell noted that drivers seem particularly likely to take out their phones at long signals and officers are easily able to view phones in their hands. The plea that the driver was accessing their GPS is also not very effective, especially when the officer can clearly see that the driver was in fact tweeting!

After the meeting the Board informally thanked volunteers with certificates, refreshments and fun pictures at the photo booth.

Our Name

The early Eighth District Empowerment Congress, created by now Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was a community-based education and mobilization program. It has been acknowledged as the model for the Los Angeles citywide neighborhood council system created by the change City Charter.

We still proudly carry the early moniker in our name as the 'Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council'.  Call us NANDC for short!

Our Community

NANDC is located in West Adams, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings erected between 1880 and 1925. It was once the wealthiest district in the city, with its Victorian mansions and sturdy Craftsman bungalows home to Downtown businessmen and professors and academicians at USC. In the 1990s, three areas of West Adams were designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of their outstanding architectural heritage.