The facts are compelling. It is distracting to talk or text while you are driving. Distracted drivers maim and kill people.

The National Transportation Safety Board reports that in just one year, 3,450 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in incidents involving distracted drivers. The NTSB found that 92 percent of respondents would support laws banning handheld phone use while driving.

Why, then, are our legislators unable or unwilling to pass such a law? One suspects it is because they themselves want to keep on talking and texting while they drive.

Mr. Legislator, your freedom ends at the tip of my nose; your selfishness is injuring and killing people every day. Either support House Bill 13 or tell us why you won’t.

Dana E. Wilson, M.D., Holladay