It happened again.

Recently, I was being followed by a father with three children in his car while he was tailgating me and texting on his cell phone.

I stopped, got out of my car and confronted him, not smart I admit, but I've had it with people using their cell phones while driving.

He apologized and said he knew it was wrong.

"They were late for a soccer game."

It is against the law, he knew it was wrong, yet by example he was sending a message to his children that this was okay.

Something was so important he was willing to put his life, even more importantly, his children's lives in jeopardy.

I do care about my family and his children. Dead is forever.

No more soccer, no more holidays, just the misery it leaves behind.

Why are we so willing to put up with this issue?

It is illegal, we have laws against it, yet day after day as I sit in traffic, I see car after car with the driver on a cell phone.

Truck drivers, moms, dads, everyone!

What is so important people need to be connected 24 hours a day?

By the way, I don't own a cell phone. I have never seen the need for one other than an emergency on the road. I'm certainly in the minority on this one.

I think we have lost the art of communicating with each other through a simple conversation. We have this need to be connected 24 hours a day electronically.

This is the new addiction, your drug of choice. Why don't you just show your children how to drink and use drugs?

By example, that is exactly what you are showing them. It is okay to drive distracted!.

This obsession to be in touch 24 hours a day is crazy... nothing is that important.

Cell phones and computers were supposed to make our lives less complicated. I think they have done just the opposite.

People can't even take a walk without having a cell phone stuck in there ear. Restaurants, ballgames, movies -- these are supposed to be relaxing events.

This is the time to get away from the day-to-day pressures. It isn't happening anymore.

I could sit in a lawn chair on the median near the bridge in New Milford and write tickets all day long.

Why are the police not enforcing the law that bans the use of cell phones while driving?

In some cases maybe they are, but not enough. I feel this is worse than drunk driving.

We are more exposed to people driving while distracted than we are having a drunk driver cross our path.

By the way, if I suspected I was witnessing a drunk driver, yes, I would find a way to report it to the police.

The death toll is rising as a result of driving while distracted. I for one have had it.

Would the police please step up and enforce the law?

It would sure help.

More importantly, why don't we all just chill out and not break the law in the first place?

We can change this. We have to.

Kevin J. Brown

New Milford