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Thu., Feb. 4, 2010, 2:32 p.m.

Dying To Hear You

I am very interested in a proposal by State Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, to make it a primary offense to talk on a cell phone held to your ear or to engage in text messaging while driving.  (

I think it is dangerous, if not downright deadly, to talk on your cell phone while driving.  Parents should be especially diligent in making sure their new teen drivers do NOT use their cell phone in any way (whether to dial, text, or talk), while driving.  It could kill them!  A young girl was killed just a few weeks ago while talking to her boyfriend on her cell, while driving in road conditions that would challenge an experienced driver.

When my children were little, the Big Wheels driving age, they nearly got killed by a neighbor driving by, who didn’t see two little boys charging out between two parked cars.  I watched in horror, just as he missed them by a fraction.  I grounded them for EVER (two weeks) and took their Big Wheels to the basement, and ended with a lecture that featured two eggs with their names printed on them.   “This is YOU being hit by a car!” I shouted, dropping each egg onto the pavement, producing a very effective splat.

Now if I could demonstrate to people using their cell phones without hands’ free devices, I would use the eggs again.   Splat!  This is YOU talking/texting on your cell phone and not paying attention while driving!

Can you hear me NOW?


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