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Misguided phone law

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On Jan. 1, a law goes into effect that prohibits talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving.

The statistic used to scare us is that 3,000 deaths occur each year from this. Is that really a cause for concern? There are more than 310 million people in the U.S., and considering how many people already use the phone while driving without incident every day, I’d say that what we have in place now is a statistical success.

Now, every other car is going to be pulling over to take or make a call, likely creating more dangerous situations than it prevents. People don’t use turn signals or have any sort of courtesy on the road as it is. Now you expect them to engage their turn signals and slow down in a proper way to pull over, all while checking their caller ID?

Police still will be able to use their computers and radios while driving, so what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. Living your life afraid of the next “epidemic” is the definition of being terrorized. Maybe our method of fighting those who “hate us for our freedoms” is less effective than simply removing those “freedoms” altogether.

We can’t strap a helmet and bubble wrap on everything that might pose some rhetorical danger. Life comes with risks, and I call it the cost of living.

We already have problems with Social Security; now we want everyone to live forever.

Kyle Scheppman

Island Lake

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