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Re "House votes to ban cell phone use by teen drivers" (Tribune, Feb. 26):
I'm frustrated by many a driver weaving, going too slow and then speeding up, turning too wide with only one hand on the wheel, not signaling before switching lanes and other inattentive moves. Usually it's due to cell phone use while driving. And most of the cell phone-driving offenders, especially on the interstate, are adults, not teens.
So why are our lawmakers so timid to pass a bill that will only lightly slap the hand of offending teenagers and do nothing against adult offenders? With drunken drivers, we rightly don't care about the age; we care about the offense.
The public needs to be more agitated about this issue; only then will lawmakers pass reasonable laws regulating every offender. For a start, in accident reports, The Trib needs to include whether cell phone use was involved.
And in response to being singled out by this new law, teenagers need to respond by using their cell phones to snap pictures of license plates and adult drivers on cell phones, then flood social media and our legislators' smart phone and email boxes with them.
Ralph "Steve" Stevenson