In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Police around the Bay Area are on the lookout for distracted drivers as part of a monthlong crackdown on drivers talking and texting on cellphones. Do you plan to change you cellphone habits as a result? Do you think the crackdown will help others change their habits?
IF THE CRACKDOWN affects stupid people in a positive way, then I say yes. Otherwise, if one grabs the wallet -- the wallet nerve will grab the attention of the person. I don't know how to text -- so no problem for me.
YOU ASKED IF I had plans to change my cellphone and texting habits while driving due to a crackdown by police.
The answer is no. I have the mental attitude that it is not something that I would do just because someone might catch me before I kill an innocent party or myself. I have a car that has Bluetooth, but even with that, I prefer to call them back at a more opportune time. Texting can always wait!
Does a crackdown prevent people from being stupid? I think the answer is no. Otherwise, there would be no statistics, which we read every day in the papers. I still see people using their phone and texting while they are driving every day, and it is just not kids. So where do you think our kids get this attitude that it is OK to place those around us in jeopardy? Unfortunately, we don't seem to learn from others who made a terrible mistake and live with the results every day for the rest of their lives.
SINCE I DON'T talk or text while driving, I can't change any habits I don't have. The idea of a crackdown on those that do is doubtless a good idea.
However, the police should also crackdown on those putting on makeup while driving, those looking at themselves while driving, those reading newspapers while driving, those bouncing up and down to music while driving, those eating and drinking while driving etc. Many drivers engage in life-risking behaviors out on our roadways, and yet only texting while driving is against the law.
Why? Distracted drivers have caused many an accident, not just while texting. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Come on legislature, let's get with it and let's whoop those violators into shape for safer travels for all.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's questions:
What do you think should be done about areas where feral cats gather? Would you feed them or do you think that's a bad idea? Do they bother you? Why or why not?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.