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Texting and driving

By From page A5 | October 28, 2013

EDITOR: It’s been a little over a month since I was rear-ended on Highway 50, by a 19-year-old. This child told the police she was adjusting her radio, my guess is she was probably texting. Apparently the police aren’t allowed to ask if you were texting while driving.

How else can you get slammed into by someone going 40 mph? Her brakes were never applied. Two more cars were hit because of her stupidity.

I suffered not only whiplash, but two very large contusions which are still very visible and very painful.

Although speeding wasn’t a factor in this accident, everyday on my way home from work I notice car after car exceeding the posted speed limit of 40, especially when approaching Bedford Avenue. God forbid a driver should have to stop at that signal before flying up the hill to Tahoe or wherever they are going in such a hurry.

I am a fairly new taxpayer to El Dorado County, but I have never lived in a community where drivers have such blatant disregard for traffic rules and laws. I know my comments won’t make any difference to those who feel they are above the law, or to those who are just too stupid to obey the law, but if one person reads this and decides to stop texting while he or she is driving, or slows down while driving through town, or doesn’t insist on tailgating you all through town because you decide to do the speed limit, then maybe one more accident can be prevented.

I do hope the person who hit me learns her lesson.

MARY FATOOH
Placerville

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