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Electronic devices & driving

Re.: Hwy. 97 crash was fatal (Castanet, Oct. 18)

So, another accident on Drought Hill and it cost a life.

One of the vehicle operators (appeared to have been) using an electronic device (according to police).

We drove to Kelowna Oct 18 and counted no fewer than three drivers using their cell phones and texting while driving. That was only on the Westside to the (Bennett) bridge. This is crazy.

As far as I am concerned, this is as dangerous as driving while impaired.

To the justice minister, do something. Put some backbone behind this unlawful and dangerous behaviour.

How about a first time offence (resulting in) a 90-day suspension and a criminal record, no different from impaired driving? Make the second offence a $10,000 fine and a two- year suspension. If there is a third offence, ban the driver for life.

Stop the senseless murder on our roads, please.

Do it now before we read about another tragic accident involving electronic devices.

Brian Kettle

(Editor’s note: According to police, driver impairment, failure to wear a seatbelt and using an electronic device while driving all appeared to be contributing factors to the crash.)



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