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Letter: Block phone access while driving

In this March 15, 2012 photo, Ben Gleitzman

In this March 15, 2012 photo, Ben Gleitzman uses a traffic and navigation app called Waze on his Apple iPhone as he drives to work in Menlo Park, Calif. Credit: AP/Paul Sakuma

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office will begin mandating cellphone monitoring devices after some texting-while-driving convictions ["DA's new texting-driving initiative," News, Sept. 9].

The devices attach to a cellphone to prevent it from working while the vehicle is in motion.

There are already devices called cellphone jammers that block cellphone activity. Imagine that someday all vehicles will have these devices factory-installed. You turn on the ignition, and your cellphone and the phones of all your passengers would go dead.

If you or your passengers want to make a call, you would have to pull over and shut off the vehicle. This would put an end to phone and texting problems. Of course, there would be considerable opposition from car manufacturers and cellphone providers.

Alan End, Plainview

I read "Man, 30, charged in hit-run of 3-year-old" [News, Sept. 16]. In my opinion, this story should have been on the front cover of Newsday.

I wonder if the driver was texting at the time. Everyone knows this is an epidemic on Long Island roads; you see it wherever you look. I see more than 30 people texting and driving every day.

Thank goodness this child was not killed.

Paul E. Kerns, Bayport

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