SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 25, 2013

Letter: How do you rationalize a death from texting?


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

This is in response to the Letter to the Editor that appeared June 18, titled “Don’t scapegoat drivers who text” and authored by Lance Eaton of Peabody.

Mr. Eaton:

First, The Salem News may misrepresent the facts. Second, The Salem News may ignore the fact that there are more cars on the road and more mileage traveled on the road, thereby increasing the chance of accidents. Finally, The Salem News may not understand why we grab for our phones when in the car. But you just don’t get it, for all of this is completely irrelevant!

I’ve been driving for almost 60 years — accident free. Why? Because I was taught that you never take your eyes off the road for any reason. The minute you reach for your phone or activate hands-free, you’re distracted. Take a ride on any local road or highway and when you see a car drifting from its lane or weaving, chances are the drivers are on their cellphone or texting. All too often, these drivers are the cause of an accident, not the victims.

And as for statistics, how can you possibly rationalize one death caused by a driver on their cellphone or texting? And how would you rationalize it if it was someone in your family or a friend?

Joseph & Jan Landsman

Salem