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Letter: Distracted driving vs. guns

Woman driving car. Keeps both hands on the

Woman driving car. Keeps both hands on the steering wheel. She is wearing a green sweater. Behind the windows you can see the beautiful defocused green grass. Photo taken from the position next to and slightly behind the driver. Photo Credit: iStock / Krystian Nawrocki

Recently, I was running errands and dealing with people talking or texting on their cellphones while driving ["Decals to warn against texting at the wheel," News, Oct. 27]. So, I decided to do some research.

While mass shootings are without a doubt tragic, and there are far too many, distracted driving kills more people. In 2012, the year the Sandy Hook shootings took place, there were 151 victims of mass shootings, according to Mother Jones magazine.

That same year, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are three main types of distraction: taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel and taking your mind off driving.

Where are the political activists calling to ban cellphones with the same outrage as their cries to repeal the Second Amendment?

John Mendola, Commack

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