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Other Voices: Why you should cut out Mrs. Rogers’ thank-you letter

Two lovely couples decided to go for a bike ride. It was a lovely spring day. The four of them best friends for over 20 years. Raised kids together, camped together, attended Little League games together – best friends in the deepest sense of the word. They were in their mid-40s with a full and happy life ahead.

They were rounding a corner on a hill when from around the bend behind them, a car driven by an 18-year-old girl. That girl leaned down, but for a moment, to change the cassette tape on her car stereo and, but for that moment, took her attention off the road and slammed into all four bike riders, killing all immediately.

I recall the same horrible sense of loss to their children, parents and their community as we are in mourning of Jim Rogers.

In her statement upon sentencing, the teen said she would never forgive herself as long as she lived – “living” being the key word here.

So, in the March 4 paper, we are reminded of that pain as we read the beautiful thank-you letter from Jim’s mom and family.

I live where I must go past Glenbrook Shopping Center. There is also a four-way stop at this corner. If I were to write down how many folks I see using cell phones without a hands-free advice every day, well, it would be staggering. Workmen, moms with kids in car seats, a cross-section of our society.

One can drive just about anywhere in the county and watch someone laughing and chatting on a cell phone without a hands-free device.

Although, the latest study shows the devices don’t help the drivers’ distraction level in any case.

What can we do as a community to make this stop being an “I don’t care, I’ll do what I want” society?

My friend was hit from behind while sitting at the light on Sutton Way. The young woman with her small baby in the car sped away. There was no doubt to anyone around that she had been using her cell phone and was distracted.

Recently, someone wrote an editorial exclaiming that people don’t seem to realize or care that road rules apply to them. It’s not a small number of folks using cell phones – it’s really huge.

Oh, I know, you won’t be the one who runs down a mom with her baby in a stroller, a hiker out for a spring walk -not you. You are too careful, too hip and happening for that scenario. You can do two things at once; you are too busy to obey the law; you wouldn’t hurt a fly.

When I am out driving, I am not worried about a Toyota slamming into me when the brakes fail, I am not afraid of being robbed, I am not afraid of the H1N1 flu.

I am afraid of you! You and your cell phone!

I will cut out Jim’s mom’s letter, make copies and send to my friends and family whom I know are guilty of this serious infraction. May I suggest you do same.

The police do not have the resources to round up the folks that are guilty of this. Let’s police ourselves, do what’s right.

What a terrible and tragic loss for this family and community because of a momentary distraction.

Diane Davy lives in Grass Valley.

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