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October 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Is Nevada’s new cellphone law a necessary evil?

James Moldenhauer’s letter Wednesday concerning the recent passage of a bill to outlaw use of handheld cellphones while driving echoed my own sentiments when the bill was first brought up.

There are already laws against reckless driving and they should be enforced, whether the cause of such driving is cellphone use, eating a hamburger, applying makeup or reading the newspaper. (Yes, I have seen people reading the newspaper while driving.)

However, I’ve since noticed an alarming number of people running stop signs, weaving in and out of traffic and other bad driving behavior, all of whom have a cellphone in their hand.

I even saw a woman in a SUV run off the road and mow down about 50 feet of chain-link fence.

Although the Libertarian in me is against government telling me what I can and can’t do in my own car, I realize that something must be done about the growing number of idiots on the road who are too busy texting and talking to pay attention to their driving.

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  1. As for the Libertarians among us, your freedom ends where my nose begins.

    If cellphone drivers were the only people out on the road, I would say fine, let them risk themselves and each other, but I wish to use the roads and not share that risk. Many others feel the same way.

    I have no wish to be on the road with people engaged in an activity that is equivalent to having a few drinks before getting behind the wheel in terms of impairing driver reactions.

    If people would just take a minute and pull over to call or text all of this goes away. I drive on the streets and highways demonstrates this is not the case. The law is our only protection against the self-absorbed and self-important, who insist on driving and using the cellphone.

  2. I am sure the Red light camera ticket machines will be coming to an intersection near you in the future, until watch out for those idiot drivers!

  3. "Although the Libertarian in me is against government telling me what I can and can't do in my own car..."

    Fuss -- good letter. I add only the current laws against reckless or distracted/impaired driving, as you pointed out, should be sufficient. That and what Turrialba posted.

    "As for the Libertarians among us, your freedom ends where my nose begins."

    Turrialba -- amen on that bit.

    "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H Tiffany (1819)

  4. "Although the Libertarian in me is against government telling me what I can and can't do in my own car..."

    Sometimes we need to protect ourselves others from their own stupidity. Accidents caused by people texting are extremely high.

    Speaking of stupidity:

    ONONDAGA, N.Y. -- Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.

    The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.

    State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

    Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.

  5. It's crazy to be on the cell phone while you are driving.

  6. dipstick - "vernos; its too bad for the bikers family but a little bit of divine justice goes along way. wait until those cell phone users find out they can get brain cancer."

    I agree and feel bad for the family. I often wonder, is there a higher power when it comes to poetic justice and the Darwin Awards?