A deadly weapon

EDITOR: I've always joked that the California Legislature must live in perpetual paranoia of road rage shootouts, deeming the vast majority of motorists too mentally unstable to stop themselves from opening fire on other drivers at the slightest provocation. Why else would California law require firearms be transported with magazines and cylinders fully unloaded in the trunk of your car or locked container, with all ammunition stored in a different compartment of the vehicle altogether?

Any yet, deadlier than any loaded firearm within hand's reach is a cellphone in the hands of an imbecile electing to send and receive text messages while charging down the freeway.

Now that's an item that should be required by law to be stored in the trunk of your car — a cellphone. And with the SIM card removed and kept in a separate compartment.

DAVID TICE ALLISON

Sebastopol