Letters: Texting laws may be unenforceable

Photo illustration of texting while driving.

Photo illustration of texting while driving. (Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Thomas A. Ferrara)

John A. Corlett noted the increased fines for texting while driving and the new suspensions for teen drivers violating this law ["The solution for smartphone stupidity," Opinion, July 25].

I am curious if there are studies regarding other age groups and texting? I drive everyday and have noted many older adults texting while driving. How do I know they are older? It's the reading glasses that give them away! They need to have magnifying glasses on to see up close, which then impairs their vision for driving "the length of a football field," as Corlett noted. Scary stuff!

It is now summer, and many of these older adults have children in the car. Possibly they are baby-sitting their grandchildren. The adage that children learn by example applies. If parents and grandparents don't take texting and driving seriously, how will we ever teach the next generation how dangerous it is? These penalties need to be applied across the board.

Bridgit Manseau, Rocky Point
 

Although increasing the penalty for texting while driving is a good idea, it will not do enough to curb the problem. We have strict laws against drunken driving, and yet every day people die and others are injured by drunk drivers.

Cars should be designed so that if the engine is running, then any device that depends on an Internet connection will not work. It's as simple as that. This will completely eliminate both texting and cellphone use while driving.

People will squawk, but so what? Probably more than 99 percent of all texts and cellphone calls are about topics that are not emergencies. If you must make that call, or send that text, simply pull over to a safe spot, turn off the engine, and text or call to your heart's content.

Roger Gilmore, Westbury
 

While I generally support this new legislation to get tough on texting, I wonder how enforceable it is.

Every day I witness aggressive driving, speeding, running stop signs, running red lights -- with very few police patrols enforcing the existing traffic laws. I am afraid all this well-intended anti-texting legislation just adds more things the traffic police have to look out for within their limited resources.

If we are going to seriously attack this texting problem, we will need to allocate some significant resources to its enforcement.

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa

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