DWI - Driving While I-phoningBeing impaired, is being impaired -
period.Not looking, is worse than not seeing.Some people
think this is only a "Word of Wisdom" issue, but it's not.
I have to agree with the author of this letter, in my opinion, Utah has the
worst drivers on the road. They run red lights as if they were not there. They
cut across lanes worse than any California driver I have ever been behind. I
would think that all Utah drivers should have to go back and take drivers
"Lets really pass a law that means no using the cell phone while in the car.
Maybe then we can stop accidents."The way to stop accidents is
for all drivers to drive the speed limit or less, stop weaving in and out of
traffic, and stop tailgating. At break-neck speeds on freeways, accidents
happen when drivers fail to obey traffic laws. Laws are set to assure safety
for all, ALL drivers.And, how do we get drivers to obey traffic
laws? Ticketing. Come on cops, get out there and do the job you are paid to
do.It is macabre for both drivers and the Highway Patrol to trade
human lives (deaths on freeways) for being able to arrive a minute or two early.
Sadly we all see texting drivers every single day. They don't care. In my
neighborhood the Relief Society President is so busy texting, (along with
speeding) that it has become a joke in the neighborhood. The sad part is one
day, she is going to really hurt or kill someone with this type of continual
distraction. BTW, she has received tickets for speeding in the neighborhood,
but that doesn't stop her. So much for honoring and obeying the law. It can't be enforced unless there is some pressure from neighbors,
friends and family. Just letting a family member or friend know it
isn't OK to do it while you are riding with them can start to solve the
Make it illegal... or don't make it illegal.... they can't enforce it.
Police can't be everywhere...Only you can enforce this (by
putting your phone away)... and you can enforce it whether it's illegal or
not.I say we all just put them away (legal or illegal). Then we
don't have to wait for the legislature to do it for us before we start
saving lives... we just start saving lives right here and now... TODAY!
Let's just make driving while operating a hand-held cell phone illegal.
I think it certainly would prevent many accidents.People can pull
over to make, take, or return a call, or they can use a hands-free phone.
IMO...1. Driving when distracted is bad.2. Laws
can't keep us from driving when distracted (100% of the time).3. The police can't enforce it (100% of the time).4. If
it's not 100% of the time... it won't prevent 100% of the accidents.
Continuing to have what percent of these accidents and close-calls
is acceptable? (to you)Conclusion:- Only you can prevent it
(for you) 100% of the time- Even IF there is a law... YOU have to
obey the law and put the phone away for it to work.- So no matter
how you look at it... YOU... have to put your phone away for it to work.The Government can't do it for you.- You can put your phone
away (whether it's the law or not).- Same goes for seat belts,
Air Pollution, and pretty much everything in our lives..The big
question is... You won't do it to save your own life, or someone you
love's life, or some innocent person you may injure's life... but you
would do it if somebody passed a LAW saying you can't do it anymore???I totally don't get that mind-set...
I suspect this law, or even a more stringent one, will have little effect on
While I agree that we should work to reduce/eliminate distracted driving, very
little if what is mentioned in this letter has to do with cell phones - and
since accidents occur without cell phones, eliminating cell phones will not