Reader Letter: Drivers also dangerous when loaded

In the past three years or so, there have been several shootings. Some people lost loved ones and some have permanent injuries. What happened in Newtown, Conn., was extremely tragic - people having to bury their children just before Christmas. People are up in arms, wanting gun control, cutting down on the number of bullets that a clip can hold, etc. I do agree that something does need to be done.

While people are complaining about people being killed with guns, nobody mentions all of the people killed in auto accidents. I checked with AAA of Arizona. There are 40,000 people killed every year in auto accidents. Twenty-five percent of those were caused by drunken drivers. Three thousand people are killed by distracted drivers, such as people on the cell phone and texting. Something needs to be done about that.

Every state has laws on drunken driving. They need to put more teeth in the laws. Sometime back, I heard on the news that some guy in Ohio finally went to prison after his 20th DUI. As far as I'm concerned, he should have gone to prison after his third time, or even the second. Very few states have laws on talking on the cell phone or texting. I have seen commercials on TV about texting and driving. Is the message worth getting killed over?

People still text and drive, and talk on the cell phone while driving. I would like to know why so many states are so reluctant to pass laws on this problem. Maybe the lawmakers feel that there haven't been enough people killed or maimed for life to warrant passing laws on those two things.

One more thing: If you feel you need to have one for the road, make it Coke or Pepsi. Driving is a full-time job. The life you save might be your own.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley