To the editor:
While I find it admirable that the City Commission and the Traffic Safety Commission have taken up the charge to make our streets safer, the suggestion of a total (or even under the age of 18) ban on cell phone use while driving is not only unenforceable, it is a step too far.
Consider the following: Police pulling cars over at an alarming increase to check the license of drivers using cell phones; how many of them turn out to be 19 or 20? What about the numerous visitors from out of town who don't know our laws? Do they get ticketed? Is the city going to post signs at every possible entrance into the city? At what cost? What about people with On-Star? That can be used as a cellular service. Do they get ticketed? What about delivery drivers, taxi drivers or the police themselves? Do they get ticketed for doing their job?
People are not good drivers because they have their hands at 10 and 2 with their eyes focused intensely on the road, but because they have experience and education. What we need is better driver's education or mandatory driver's education to graduate high school or get your license.
Our commissioners are so quick to regulate and pass ordinances, they fail to see the need to educate. This is overgoverning at its highest. So I guess I better go drive around with a cigarette lit, windows down, cell phone to my ear and my music playing while I still have that privilege.