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Stop talking while driving

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I see people still talking on their phones and driving even though the law went into effect Jan. 1 that prohibits the use of hand-held phones while driving in Illinois.

Bluetooth devices are to be used when doing this behavior. 

Why do people think they are above the law and still can talk on the phone while driving?  The law is for everyone, not a few people.

Studies have shown that talking on the phone with a hand-held device is as dangerous as drunken driving. So why do people still do it? Do they not understand that when they are on the phone, they are four times more likely to be in a crash? You are not only risking your life, but innocent drivers in other vehicles.

I think phone calls can wait until you get to your destination. Or, if it’s really important, pull over and call the person back. Don’t risk my life because you are being selfish and not obeying the rules.

The laws are there to keep us safe, not to annoy you.  So please do not talk on the phone or text while driving. Keep everyone safe.

Linda M. Walsh

Crystal Lake

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