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Cell Phone Drivers Are A Danger

Regarding what happened to Andrey, the guy who works at WebCyclery and was hit from behind while riding his bike on Shevlin Park road a

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Regarding what happened to Andrey, the guy who works at WebCyclery and was hit from behind while riding his bike on Shevlin Park road a couple of weeks ago, he is lucky to be alive. The driver was on the phone, drifted into the paved bike lane and never saw him until he was on the hood. The driver was cited, yet really deserves nothing less than a public flogging and a prison sentence. Well, OK, he justly deserves to be thrown out of a moving vehicle at 30 m.p.h. with his cell phone strapped to his thick head.

What does it take to actually get no hand-held cell phone legislation passed and enforced in Ore?

(We need) one with a simple and severe penalty, like first offense is phone and license confiscated, $500 to get your license back on probation for 6 months. Let's make it very visible, like newspaper listings of violators each week. A cop could just sit at any roundabout in town and fill his quota by 8 a.m. as a considerable percentage of drivers are on their phones-not paying attention to driving their oversized vehicle.


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