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A deadly mixture: Texting, driving

You see them behind the wheels of speeding automobiles, oblivious of surroundings, speed, traffic, stop signs, traffic lights and safety.

The majority of these drivers are young people, but adults are just as bad, and all have one thing in common: using cell phones and texting.

A deadly and costly combination this mixture is, and, like common traffic laws, all is forgotten and ignored except that cell phone and text message.

Too often it is too late to end the message, cut off the cell phone and make decisions necessary for safe driving.

Too late indicates many things. A car runs off the road, strikes a tree, the driver and maybe a passenger are two are killed. Two cars crash at an intersection, one not stopping for a sign or light.

Lives are ruined and, as one gospel song says, “no one seemed to care” but it is too late. Death and damages are the results.

The cause? Cell phones and texting. It seems, however, that such catastrophes have little or no impact on those who caused the tragedies.

Common sense, driver’s training and safety talks seem to be things of the past, forgotten and ignored. That is, until it’s too late.

State laws have no impact. Accidents and near accidents mean nothing. Its get behind the wheel, push the gas pedals to the floorboard, let’s go and let’s text.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinello and others are stressing the dangers of cell phones and texting while driving.

There are currently some prohibitions in Virginia for these actions. All drivers, ALL DRIVERS, are banned from text messaging or pay a fine of $20 for the first offense, then $50; drivers under 18 are PROHIBITED from using cell phones or text messaging, as all school bus drivers.

Do you get the message?