What is the difference between talking on the cell phone, hands free, and talking to a child in the back seat of the car? What else has changed in the last 10 years that may have significantly changed the way people stay focused? ("A prescription for car crashes," The Daily Astorian, April 19)

Singing along with a CD, or the sports announcer describing that really exciting move, or the talk show extremist with his babble. Or saying a prayer for an ailing loved one, or contemplating what they are going to say at their next speech.

If phones are wired directly into the car system, how will officers be able to tell if someone is singing with a CD, rehearsing a speech or talking on the cell? Another reason for randomly pulling people over and searching vehicles?

Yes, a nanny state.

CARRIE BARTOLDUS

Astoria

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