Originally published Monday, October 8, 2018 at 07:37p.m.

Banning cellphone use


It is extremely difficult for me to believe that anyone would be against banning cellphone use while driving. This includes government, politicians, and individuals. It seems like a no-brainer! It’s a win, win law. I don’t see any advantage to being able to use one’s phone while driving. This law should have been put into effect nationally, long ago.

The problem would be enforcement. The $100 fine is not enough; it should be a $300 fine, and $500 fine for a second offense. Scientists have found that cellphone addiction has the same effect on the brain as heroin addiction. Far too many people have been killed by distracted cellphone drivers. We have far too many people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol; do we really need to add cellphone influence?

We have more than enough drivers on our streets who are incompetent, old and young. Our driving tests are too easy. As I mentioned, instituting this law is a no-brainer; anyone against it is also a no-brainer.

J.J. Volpe