Re "Cops again will target 'distracted' drivers" (Crime reports, Feb. 23): The alert on February 23, regarding the crackdown on cell phone offenders, terrifies me. While issuing tickets might remind drivers that the risk associated with cell phone use is greater than drinking and driving, these alerts may instead create greater risk rather than assuaging the problem.
Canada released a campaign called "Crotches Kills" highlighting the risk of checking your cell phone from between your legs.
During my commute to San Francisco, I consistently pass drivers in the fast lane, repeatedly looking at their phones. Returning to Sacramento, as late as 1 a.m., I see the glowing faces of drivers as they swerve to touch their illuminated laps.
When I read about the durations of cop traps, or hear this on the news, I think of drivers that will now take an even greater risk by putting their cell phones farther out of view in order to avoid a ticket.
-- Paul David Terry, Sacramento