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Enforcing law would bring more revenue | Letter

Editor,

Could the city, county and state police officers and newspapers be doing more to curtail the use of cell phones while driving?

As a casual observer, it seems the number of people in cars and trucks with cell phones to their ears or who are busily looking down, presumably texting, is becoming more rampant and is easily spotted in towns and on the highway.

State law allows a $124 penalty for a first-time offense. Given the numbers, it seems this could add up to a significant amount of money for these jurisdictions.

The local newspapers could investigate the ongoing statistics for this infraction and promote safer driving.

As an additional deterrent, is it possible for insurance companies to begin making insurance coverage null and void if a driver is found to be on a hand-held cell phone at the time of an accident?

Police officers have many important and demanding functions. However, it seems greater enforcement of this law could be done at almost any/all times without compromising other legitimate duties.

Not only would this bring in significant monies, but, most importantly, it would likely save many lives.

Al Lunemann

Coupeville

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