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Drivers aren’t paying attention

Torn by memories of how it seems like

Torn by memories of how it seems like your teen was just a baby yesterday and what a lousy driver you were as a high school student makes giving your child the car keys a gut-wrenching experience. Some online advice sources recommend putting your child in a safety course before they ever get started, and be involved in what they do, but it's unlikely any form of training can keep moms and dads from becoming a nervous wreck every time your children drive off into traffic. Photo Credit: iStock

Talking and texting while driving cause accidents, bodily injury and sometimes death [“More eyes on distracted drivers,” Letters, May 20].

Want to stop their use? Seize an offender’s device as evidence, not to be returned until the summons is answered and the fine paid.

Can you imagine? No phone for weeks. Once the word got out that they take your phone away, talking and texting while driving would be seriously reduced.

Roland Rogers, East Northport

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired police officer with the Nassau County Police Department.

 

A few weeks ago, I started walking again for exercise. I walk up and down New York Avenue in Huntington Station and into Huntington Village.

I am amazed at how often drivers pull out of driveways or parking lots and don’t look both ways.

Very often, these drivers are too busy talking on their hand-held cellphones — which is against the law. I’m not afraid of drunken drivers, I’m afraid of every driver!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had a close call as a pedestrian.

Barbara Zimet, Huntington Station

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