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Sat, July 20

Letter: Texting while driving must be banned

There's a very old saying that's been going around again, "You can't fix stupid," but sometimes you have to try.

Until I retired I held a CDL (commercial driver's license) years before they were CDLs. I've been through eight weeks of Trailways bus driving school (nearly a million miles), a few national safety driving schools (long haul, over 2 million miles) and six weeks of Phoenix transit driving school (retired after 12 years) so I do know just a little about safe driving and believe me, I've seen more than my share of stupid driving and the tragic results of it.

Every time I read or hear someone say we don't need texting laws, my first through is, "Yeah, you drive and text, huh?"

If you think you're a great driver and can safely text while driving, I have news for you: You're not and you can't. Put that phone down or pull over. My wife, kids, grandkids and my life are too valuable to lose because you're a "safe driver." I've seen the terrible results of "safe drivers" and what their families go through.

And for you adults and kids who were so worried about second-hand smoke, be much more worried about you and your family and friends texting and driving.

Steve Turnblom



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