Letters to the Editor


A man uses his cellphone as he drives through traffic in Dallas.
A man uses his cellphone as he drives through traffic in Dallas. AP

Texting and driving

I have voted Republican/conservative in every election since I first voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964, and, like many of my fellow party members, I have kept quiet about the Tea Party. No more!

A story in the May 29 Star-Telegram reported that the Tea Party is against a law that would have banned texting while driving on the grounds it would impinge on personal freedom.

This is the stupidest excuse I’ve heard since “the dog ate my homework.” What’s next? Do away with seat belt requirements (same “constitutional” argument) or speed limits, so anyone who wants to go down Interstate 20 at 125 mph can do so?

If someone takes eyes off the road for only three seconds — and that’s a low estimate — at 60 mph the vehicle will have traveled almost the length of a football field. Would you close your eyes and drive that distance and not think it was dangerous?

Listen, Tea Party legislators, if you want to be taken seriously and gain stature in the GOP, this is certainly not the way to accomplish it.

— Donald R. Pierce, Mansfield

Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as some 40 Texas cities, now have bans on texting while driving.

Somehow our wonderful Texas men and women who make up our Legislature couldn’t seem to pass a ban on what is clearly a safety hazard to everyone, including them.

Anyone who could think that texting on a cellphone while driving a car is not dangerous is a moron.

Thanks again for all your wonderful accomplishments during this past session. At least we can all carry a gun to local colleges. Yeah, that makes sense.

— Lynn Miller,

North Richland Hills

I saw on the front page of the May 29 Star-Telegram that members of the GOP in the Legislature blocked the ban on texting while driving.

The reason: It will infringe on personal liberties.

This is bull. Speed limits, stop signs and red lights infringe on our liberties, yet they are OK. Texting while driving is extremely dangerous, and has caused accident after accident. Yet a state senator from Colleyville believes it’s alright to do this.

When will these people wake up? When one of their own kids is hurt or killed?

— Jack Nipp, Hurst


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