We need a distracted driving law with severe penalties. Loss of driving privileges (up to five years) and fines (up to $5,000) should be considered. You raised the speed limit to 80 mph. We cannot tolerate distracted drivers at 80 mph. They are killing and seriously injuring people.
According to the state of Idaho, over the last three years (2011-2013) there have been 114 fatal crashes and 879 serious injury crashes involving distracted drivers, with 125 people killed and 1,134 people seriously injured. This represents 22 percent of all fatal crashes and 28 percent of all serious injury crashes in Idaho.
Recently I saw a driver eating cereal out of a bowl while driving a large SUV in a school zone. Texting, cellphones, personal grooming, eating, reading, dogs sitting in the driver’s lap while driving — the list goes on and on.
Bus and truck drivers on their cellphones. What phone conversation could possibly be more important than safely driving a school bus or an 80,000 pound vehicle?
It would be nice if you could count on common sense when it comes to driving, but clearly that is not the case.
Bill Rutherford, Meridian