July 5, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

What about phones?

 

In reference to the editorial praising new legislation for driving while under the influence, the question is why is nothing being done about drivers who are using their cellphones for calls or texting while driving? Studies have shown these actions are four times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of liquor or drugs. We drivers see people doing it all the time even though it is against the law.

Contrary to what most police officials have said in interviews I have heard, I can tell what they are doing and can see the effects on their driving. We can see it in recent “accidents:” These are not accidents because the behavior is intentional, although the accidents caused are explained as “medical emergencies” or we’re told “We are still investigating the cause of the collision,” and we never later hear anything.

We must do something drastic before more are injured or killed. Pass legislation that would allow the car to be forfeited when the driver is engaging in such action, and it would immediately stop. Do we have the guts to actually do something about it? I doubt it.

Don Brockett

Spokane

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