Cheers to the National Transportation Safety Board. "No cell phones while driving." Period. That's the rule the NTSB wants for millions of truckers and bus drivers. Some states now ban everyone from using hand-held cell phones while driving — a most needed and sensible law to protect the lives of all who travel by motor vehicles.
As a professional driver covering a good portion of the state of Maine daily, it is a rare day when I don't have to take evasive measures to prevent a collision with another driver because he or she is engrossed in a cell phone conversation. It's almost like they think they are the only car on the road. Sometimes, the driver of the car in front of me and the one behind are both on cell phones.
So, I wonder when members of the Maine Legislature will find some backbone and pass a law to prevent a driver of a moving motor vehicle the use of a cell phone or similar device. The law now in effect about distractions is not worth the paper it's written on.
Before cell phones, people used landlines.
What's so difficult about pulling over to make that call? To do so just might save your life and that of others.
Richard Jensen, Minot