Texting while driving

is an unacceptable risk

People who risk texting while driving should not be allowed on the road. As unbelievable as it sounds, the simple act of sending a text message to your friend could ultimately kill another person. So why risk it? I will never understand why someone would think texting while driving is a good idea.

As I drive, I notice people texting while driving all the time. I look at the car next to me and watch the teenage girl frantically text while driving 50 mph. For those 20 seconds of texting, that teenage girl could have caused an accident, injuring and even killing someone - or me. I even see adults texting as they drive their minivans packed with their four children. I see people text while driving up to 70 mph on the Garden State Parkway. It is not only highly dangerous, but disrespectful that my life might possibly be in danger because of a meaningless text message.

So when will texting while driving stop before it kills more innocent people? There should be tougher laws against those who are persistent in their risky behavior.

And these tougher laws should be more visibly and aggressively enforced. The police should be giving out tickets instead of just warnings to people who text and drive. In addition to commercials and public service announcements, schools should have assemblies where students are shown the risks of texting while driving.

Texting while driving is not a joke. If you text while driving and are reading this, think twice when your phone receives a text, because it could be the last thing you ever see.

CHRISTINE STERGIOU

Toms River

Cradle Rock program

worth saving at Mainland

One of the advantages of a Mainland Regional High School education is the senior-year Cradle Rock high-ropes course. Two physical education instructors teach this semester course. Between them, they have more than 30 years of experience in this area. The course is a great way to instill confidence and teach teamwork to the student body.

The Cradle Rock course is run with the highest regard toward the participants' safety. All safety measures and routines are continuously drummed into the students through constant repetition.

Due to an incident at the end of the previous school year, the Board of Education has suspended the course. It is making a move to ban the program completely. This is an outrageous overreaction. The program has been around for more than 20 years and has experienced only this one accident.

MICHAEL SOBKOW

Northfield