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Letter of the Day: Dialing and driving

<b>Dialing and driving</b>

EDITOR: With the tragic deaths of two Sonoma County women, due to an impaired and distracted driver who made those choices, I truly think it's time for our state lawmakers to impose harsher penalties for all forms of cellphone violations.

It's sure not rocket science. Experts say that a distracted cellphone driver is just as dangerous as a drunken driver. I say make the penalty for those who choose to use cellphones while driving the same as it is for drunken driving. For a first time offense, a $1,000 fine, one week in jail and lose your license for six months. After that, double it every time.

If these rule-breakers insist on taking others people's lives in their hands with their self-centered attitude, then their freedom and wallets should be a little more restricted.

JIM OWEN JR.

Santa Rosa


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