By Robert Haugh
It’s been a challenging time for Indicted Santa Clara Councilmember Anthony Becker.
Three months ago, he was charged with leaking a Grand Jury report (a misdemeanor) and lying about it (a felony). If convicted, Becker could serve jail time.
Last month, Becker was cited for a traffic violation. According to reliable sources, he was driving while talking on a cell phone. Becker did not return multiple emails for comment.
Currently, there is only general information on the Santa Clara County Superior Court website:
Becker’s latest violation does not have the threat of jail time.
But it is considered a serious traffic violation that could result in a fine and an increase in his auto insurance.
“Using a cell phone while driving creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Department of Transportation statistics report that distracted driving claimed 3,522 lives in 2021.
The NHTSA has a special campaign to stop distracted driving called: “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”