STEVE WILSON: Police, like the rest of us, shouldn’t text and drive

TO THE EDITOR:

As I sat on my porch recently, enjoying the sunshine and waving to neighbors, I noticed a Mecosta County Sheriff’s Deputy’s car driving down our street.

As he approached I could see that he was looking down and obviously texting on his phone. I decided I would try to get his attention to remind him that texting and driving is illegal and that I have two children ages 6 and 7 years old who play out front.

As approached and got closer, I walked towards the road waving both arms at him and I could not even catch his eye. He continued past still texting on his phone. My mind immediately thought that if I, a 6’4″ 300 pound man wearing a red shirt waving my arms could not get this deputy’s attention, what would happen if it were my 6-year-old son running into the street after a ball? The real kicker is that I live two houses from Riverview Elementary where neighborhood kids walk to and play all summer long.

I understand why texting is illegal while driving. What I don’t understand is why people who have sworn to uphold and enforce those laws believe that they do not have to abide by them.

In a simple act of neglegence this deputy is showing that he is willing to endanger my family and neighbors whom he has sworn to protect and serve. I know that other law enforcement officers would never write him a ticket for texting while driving.

It is frustrating to know that by a deputy patrolling this neighborhood that my children are now less safe playing in the front yard.

STEVEN WILSON
Big Rapids

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