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Letter: Fundamental liberty?

It’s time for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to do what they should have done the first time: Tell drivers that it is illegal to touch a cellphone while driving.

Driving while talking on a cellphone has been equated to driving and drinking. The law tells people that they can’t touch their alcoholic beverage while driving — so why can’t you (esteemed legislators) tell drivers they can’t touch their cellphones? It has been shown numerous times that both activities put themselves and others at risk.

Rep. Jacob Anderegg calls it a “fundamental liberty” to “use a phone while driving.” It is not a “fundamental liberty” any more than it is a “fundamental liberty” to drink and drive. We lived without cellphones once upon a time. (Many more would be living today if some drivers had not been using a cellphone.)

Such a law would be simple to enforce: If an officer sees a cellphone in a driver’s hand or sitting on his lap, pull him or her over.

Charles Gray

American Fork