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July 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cellphone ban: Washington’s law not quite good enough

Talking on phone while driving should be primary offense

Joni Balter is right on target in her column regarding the “timid” cellphone ban [“Washington’s timid cellphone ban,” Opinion, July 2].

We must get this law changed to a primary offense and as quickly as possible. I myself have been hit in traffic by a person who was on a cellphone; fortunately, there was only damage to the car, but things could have been worse.

I have long thought we needed stricter laws for both cellphones and texting — I believe texting should be strictly prohibited for drivers in all cases.

Cellphones are simply a good example of useful technology getting carried to extremes. I don’t know why everyone feels they have to keep in touch with one another constantly. With the overbusy lives we all have today, I would think we would all relish getting in the car to avoid this contact for a little while.

— Kathleen Collins, Bellevue

Ban’s sponsor should introduce stricter law

Joni Balter’s column was excellent. I hope that Sen. Tracey Eide pushes for a stricter law next session. The current law is a joke.

I can’t tell you how many times I have almost been killed by people driving, not paying attention and absorbed in a conversation on their cellphone.

— Mary Emmick, Issaquah

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