DAVID CHASSIN, Pasco
A recent accident on Highway 240 was reportedly caused by a "distracted driver." Surprise, surprise. Admittedly, I did not see what the 24-year-old woman was doing before she rear-ended another car and injured its occupants. However, sitting in traffic waiting for the mess to be cleaned up, it didn't take a great leap of imagination to guess what it might have been.
Every morning and every evening, I see countless drivers doing something other than driving their car. And it's not just texting and talking on cell phones. I also see women putting on make-up. I've even seen people reading books and newspapers!
First, we need to treat distracted driving the same way we treat driving while under the influence and driving recklessly. The laws banning handheld devices are far too lax right now.
Second, I'd like to see more consistent patrols, particularly during the morning and evening commute hours when traffic is at its worst and the dangers at their greatest. The enforcement is nearly nonexistent.
Since we cannot get drivers to worry about the effects of their actions on the lives of others, we will have to get them to worry about the consequences for their own lives. Drive distracted and lose your license. Kill or maim somebody while driving distracted and go to jail.