To the Editor:

An open letter to the following group of people who email and/or text while driving:

CEOs, senior executives and middle managers: You're really not that important.

Humankind has conducted commerce for thousands of years without having to do so while driving a car 70 miles per hour.

If you really feel your spectacular business insight and acumen is so invaluable as to be needed at the precise moment you are exceeding the legal speed limit in heavy traffic, hire a chauffeur and let him drive while you text away.

Stay-at-home parents on your way to the supermarket or Starbucks: Your in-car correspondences are so unimaginably unimportant that, if they never existed, the world would hardly miss a beat.

But, if you must respond to a text from your yoga or beer-drinking buddy that you are "on your way," pull over and do it.

Your arrival 30 seconds later to your destination will not be noticed by anyone.

Teenagers and college students: You may think your every electronic utterance is critically important but, at this point in your pointless lives, you don't matter all that much.

I have no doubt most of you will grow up to realize your full potential as valued, contributing members of society, but not if you kill yourselves or worse, me, by crossing the center line during an ill-timed text message.

And I know you think you can handle multi-tasking, but you can't. You're simply not that smart or coordinated.

No one is. Shut up and drive.

Everyone else: None of us are, in fact, so important as to risk injuring or killing our passengers or our fellow travelers as a result of distracted driving.

If anyone reading this does not believe this to be true, and insists on texting or web surfing while driving, try to imagine for a moment how you will feel when you do kill someone.

Clearly, you are so selfish the notion of harming another human being is not enough to stop you from this illegal activity, but maybe the thought of ruining your own, self-absorbed life will serve as a deterrent.

Bill Baker

New Milford

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