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Letter: Enforce the laws of the road

It constantly amazes me how many drivers break the law while driving.

It has been raining a lot lately, and I have noticed there are still plenty of folks who drive without lights in the rain, some of them talking on the phone. I also notice there are plenty of police on the roads, but I don't see any of them enforcing laws against using hand-held devices or turning on lights when the windshield wipers are being used.

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I know there are plenty of people who are against drunk driving, speeding, running red lights and aggressive driving, but I bet that most people don't realize that the number one cause of accidents is inattentive driving. Sure, drunk driving and speeding are among the top causes, as are the others, but the number one cause of traffic accidents is distracted driving, such as using a phone, texting, putting on makeup, etc. Yet, it seems that the number one activity for police is looking for speeding drivers.

It seems to me that a vocal campaign by the sheriff, police chiefs, state police and newspapers to combat the other causes might be fruitful. For example, when the police sit at the ballfields on Obrecht Road in Sykesville, looking for speeders, it is pretty obvious when a vehicle passes by without lights on at 7 a.m. in the rain. Do they go after that vehicle? Not likely.

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How about sitting at a traffic light when the driver next to them is on the phone? Meanwhile, how about an article in the paper about the changes in those laws. I'd bet that some of those drivers don't realize that those are offenses. Sure, it's nice to write about which commissioner is doing what idiotic thing next, but maybe the editorials could be better used to push the police to do their jobs for the benefit of all of us.

Rick Gordon

Sykesville

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