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Letter: Put down the phones

Troy Haskell re driving/walking while on a cellphone

Published on September 1, 2017 12:01AM


We, as a people, have had more even highly published examples of why we should not be on our cellphones while driving, or even walking.

On Aug. 29, while waiting on the highway to pull into McDonald’s, a truck came up behind me, stopping quickly. I noticed he was on his phone, so I hand gestured to hang up, and he angrily gave me the finger, like I was wrong.

As he aggressively pulled away, I noticed he was the owner of a prominent local business, and my jaw dropped. Having been a local contractor myself, I do know how important communication is, and have been guilty of answering my phone while driving.

This year my eyes have been opened. In the last three months, I have had two close calls in the Safeway parking lot, and even coming out of the store; now two at McDonald’s and three at Home Depot. In every instance the other driver — woman or man, old and young — have been on their cellphones. Cars can do a lot of damage to anything not going very fast, let alone walking and bumping into someone with your eyes down.

In my way of thinking, we the citizens, have a major safety issue caused by the disrespect being shown to all others in public when you’re on your cellphone while driving or walking.

Troy J. Haskell

Astoria



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