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Close (cell) call

Published June 18, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Recently, I was almost hit by car while in a Sugar House crosswalk with 15 seconds remaining on my walk signal. A woman came careening around the corner and I had to dive to avoid being hit, ending up right beside her car door.

She was on her cellphone, too distracted to even notice me. Heart and adrenalin racing, I opened her door and said, "Get off that blankety-blank cellphone!"

The driver was mad at me! She shouted that her call was to her mother about a funeral and that she had the legal right to talk on the phone. If I hadn't leapt out of the way, it might have been my funeral.

She did have the right to be on her phone, but not the right to disregard the safety of others.

If our lawmakers ban cellphones while driving, all of us will be safer.

Barbara Richards

Salt Lake City