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    Scourge of distracted driving calls for harsher penalties

    RE “STATE Police hone ways to catch texting by drivers” (Page A1, Sept. 27): More and more, I see drivers texting while driving — mothers in vans with toddlers, businessmen rushing to get to the next meeting — and cars swerving as the driver responds to the latest email or text.

    The other day, I was driving north on Interstate 495 when a motorist traveling at what must have been more than 80 miles per hour veered into my lane as she was busily reading messages. Fortunately, my horn brought her back to the mission of driving.

    Distracted drivers can be detected easily. More surveillance and harsher penalties need to be front and center, as this situation is reeling out of control.

    Pat Scannell

    Boston