Get even tougher

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

Dis­tracted driv­ing was iden­ti­fied 20 years ago dur­ing the Walk­ing Se­cu­rity In­dex project as a threat to the lives and limbs of pedes­tri­ans, and has been dis­cussed mul­ti­ple times in print, on ra­dio and TV.

It’s ridicu­lous af­ter 20 years of no­tice we’re still see­ing dis­tracted driv­ing com­ments such as, “This is hap­pen­ing in morn­ing and af­ter­noon rush hours, night­time, day­time, with young and old driv­ers.”

The con­se­quences of be­ing charged in 2019 were ap­pro­pri­ate 20 years ago, and but now they’re just this side of to­ken as bad habits deepen.

The penalty needs to fit the po­ten­tial crime of in­jur­ing or killing an in­no­cent per­son, and I sug­gest start­ing fines at $3,500, de­merit points at seven, and li­cence sus­pen­sions at 60 days. With that regime, I ex­pect dis­tracted driv­ing would quickly be­come spo­radic.

Barry Wel­lar Ot­tawa

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