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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bad, Scofflaws, Bad Scofflaws

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The Buffalon News reports that support is growing around Western New York for state-issued bans on text messaging while driving.

Brandie J. Conklin, 22, died April 12, when her car collided with an oncoming milk truck on Route 75. Eden police determined that Conklin had been exchanging text messages with a boyfriend traveling some distance behind her in another vehicle.

“We checked her text messages,” Chief Michael Felschow said Friday. “She was basically texting up to the time of the accident.”

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“It’s worse than cell [phones],” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s becoming more prevalent.”

Ah, yes, it makes sense that the police would lecture us about the dangers of texting or engaging in other potential distractions while driving. These are the same people who drive around in their cruisers behind their laptops as they run our license plates looking for reasons to pull us over.

Then there's Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, who says, "Many have expected the state to act and are puzzled why the state has not acted.”

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