Legislators, find courage to ban driver cell calls

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The conclusion of the April 20 article “Pennsylvania Texting Ban Proves Tough to Enforce” should have been obvious for anyone to see after a moment’s reflection. A cell phone in the hand is not illegal under the current law so the texting ban is rendered virtually useless. It is no surprise that the Legislature gutted the law as originally written since many members must have received negative feedback from their constituents.

I believe there is a double standard here. Most people would agree the use of hand-held cell phones by drivers is unsafe while they continue to use them. Sometimes our lawmakers need to have the courage to pass a law because it is the right thing to do even if it goes against the will of the people. I supported all earlier attempts to ban the use of hand-held phones by drivers, especially the efforts of former Rep. Josh Shapiro, and I encourage all to get behind the current proposal by Rep. Joseph Markosek.

I realize that many drivers have become used to the convenience of mobile phones, but at what cost? Here is the text of my cell phone recorded message: “Sorry I cannot take your call as I might be driving; please leave a message. Thanks.”

Penn Hills

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