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Give tickets for driving and talking | Letters | April 8

It was with interest that I read John D. Marshall’s letter (“Street signs by ferry terminal are misleading,” April 1) about the BIPD’s “easy source of tickets” from misleading parking signage in front of Harbor Square. I can think of a more straightforward source of revenue that has no such gray area.

From what I’ve been able to observe, the law that went into effect last June banning texting and talking on cell phones while driving is routinely ignored by many on this island.

By my count, at least one out of every 30 drivers is talking on a cell phone. Most don’t even try to hide it. At $124 a pop, that would seem to be pretty easy money for barren city coffers. Plus it would make island roads safer. I’ve come close to getting creamed by a distracted driver on more than one occasion. I can’t think of a more pointless way to go.

Indeed, when I am summoned to meet my Maker, I would prefer it to be when I’m doing something worthwhile, like rescuing a baby from a burning building, or helping people get to higher ground in a tsunami, rather than being run over by a driver talking into his/her cellphone describing how awesome the Lady Gaga concert was last night.

Dave Richards

Bainbridge Island

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