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Stop distracted driving

My better half recently called on her trip to Chicago and related the sign in the cab she was riding in, “If driver talks on phone while driving, please call phone number #######.” Why, in Washington, are we stuck with a useless law that ties the hands of our police officers from giving tickets to dangerous drivers talking on their cellphones while driving?

Time after time we see drivers talking or even texting. Example: driving up Hatch Road from U.S. Highway 195 to 57th Avenue, I had turned my left-hand blinker on to show my intention to turn left onto 57th. I had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting a car whose driver was talking on her cellphone, with only one hand on her steering wheel and one hand up to her ear, while making a left-hand turn through a stop sign. The pathetic thing was that while she was trying to stop and back up, she was still on the phone.

Anytime we are driving we are subject to life-threatening accidents because of these stupid actions. From all appearances you might think our legislators were either busy collecting favors or out to lunch when this bill was being passed. Everyone you talk to is having the same problem. Why can’t our legislators correct this problem?

We should all blast our horn every time we see someone talking or texting on a hand-held device while driving. Maybe that would get our message across.

Bill Barnes

Spokane



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