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posted: 3/17/2013 4:40 AM

No need to drive and talk on phone

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No need to drive and talk on phone

I am a Republican by nature, though my leanings are Libertarian. Many years ago, when we didn't have cellphones, we got along just fine. Now in this instant gratification era, we must be connected 24/7. This is poppycock.

I see at least 60 to 70 percent of the cars on Route 59 talking on cellphones. These people do not have to be connected, for any reason and are just talking to fill time.

Perhaps you can be proactive, that is, after calling the person ask if they are driving, if they are, ask them to call you after they are stopped. This is one way we can help. I ask you this, how would you feel after talking with a friend you found out they were killed?

This is not a pleasant thought, but strong measures must be taken to protect the innocent.

When it's in the best interest of society, we must take action at the legislative level to stop this harmful practice.

I would like to see severe penalties for talking on a cellphone, i.e. drivers license suspended for 30 days and a stiff fine -- hello municipalities.

Severe? Sure, but it would make them stop the car safely, and then take the call. This is "doing the right thing" and " common sense" for the people of Illinois.

Rick Colton


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