to stop drive-texters
With all due respect to the writers of “Drivers’ texting is nothing to ‘LOL’ about” (Sunday), a new Florida law making texting while driving a primary traffic offense, rather than the current secondary offense, is not likely to dissuade texting and driving. If traffic laws worked at all, drivers wouldn’t run red lights and stop signs or exceed the speed limit with impunity.
Let’s face it, our fetish with cellphones and electronic devices has made us a nation of impaired drivers, as research has shown that any use of a cellphone while driving, including hands-free, impairs the driver in much the same way as a driver under the influence of alcohol. It’s not what your hands are doing; it’s what your mind is not doing.
The drunk will boast that he is capable of driving after a few belts, just as some drivers argue that they can easily multi-task while driving and talking or texting on the phone. The truth is that both are dangerously impaired and delusional.
In my view, the only way to stop texting and driving are for the automotive and cellphone industries to work together to disable cellphones completely while the vehicle is in motion, with the exception of emergency 911 calls. We already have the technology to do this.
I was recently following a driver who was clearly texting with his cellphone in his face, oblivious of his car drifting in and out of his lane and perilously nearing oncoming traffic. No doubt, he was attending to a very pressing matter.
I realize that rendering cellphones inoperable while your vehicle is moving will not be popular for some. Neither is getting killed by someone in a texting stupor.
SAMUEL SPITALLI, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Face it; we just have
to roll with traffic
I find it very interesting that drivers find roads shut down for the president a nuisance when the Palm Beach Boat Show, which caused bumper-to-bumper work traffic, did not create a word of discomfort.
I do not find it a burden living in the downtown West Palm Beach area and working in Palm Beach. I just deal with it as I will deal with the upcoming SunFest festivities and our president’s visits.
I think about the real hardships people go through and I find no comparison to me stuck in traffic in an air-conditioned car, listening to a favorite CD, waiting for our president to pass by.
BEVERLY PALMER, PALM BEACH
to control Trump
By now, most of those folks who voted for Donald Trump can see their mistake. What can they do? They can contact their senators and representatives and they can tell these people not to expect their votes in the next elections if they do not fight against the horrors that our president is creating for America and its people.
He must be stopped, and the power of the ballot is the way to stop him. The future of all the people of the world and the world itself is at stake.
Please, do the right thing.
JAN WINKLER, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Trump must enlist
our great village
If our president is capable of making big, bold and decisive actions, the time to do so is now. Invite the leading Democrats from both the House and Senate to the White House, close the doors to the media and start negotiating.
There are many trade-offs in the offing, future Supreme Court nominees, health care compromises and budget deals that could help both sides.
Trump has found out that governing is not easy, especially in a complicated nation like ours. Having a great village with great citizens who want to make things better, certainly, would help the president out a lot.
DARRYL HARRIS, LAKE WORTH