“Streets that aren’t deadly — if we want them” by Michelle DuBarry (Ideas, Feb. 14) is a difficult but important read. Injuries and deaths caused by inattentive drivers are inexcusable. These drivers should be held accountable, and coverage of all accidents should highlight distracted-driving-related details.
Please, can we all stop texting while driving (it is the law, after all) and adhere to our cities’ and towns’ reasonable speed limits? Speeding and not looking at the road kills people, plain and simple. Pedestrians and bicyclists should not have to just hope that drivers are paying attention.
Michelle DuBarry’s commentary on road safety was as important as any, in an edition of the Globe that was not lacking for compelling opinion and hard news. I cannot fault anything she wrote, but I question why she ignored the elephant in the room: The United States still tolerates driving while intoxicated more than so many other Western democracies. How and when will this really be addressed?