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Letters

We’re all in this (awful traffic jam) together

(JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF/FILE)

You can say that distracted drivers have a hand in our traffic woes

Recent stories about traffic in Massachusetts have me scratching my head, with all these ideas for relieving the congestion centered around blaming ride-sharing vehicles, outdated infrastructure, and various other factors (“Baker pitches solutions for easing traffic,” Page A1, Aug. 9). Nobody is talking about cellphone use and distracted driving, which has a huge impact on traffic and should be added into the mix of solutions.

I drive from Dedham into the Seaport District of Boston daily. I’m that nerd who has the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” setting on so that if people text me, they receive a notification that I’m unable to look at my phone. Being freed from this root of evil (a.k.a. my iPhone) allows me to observe the drivers around me, who are on their phones, checking Facebook or answering a text or e-mail, and not paying attention or even driving the minimum speed limit.

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How do we fix distracted driving? I ask because, seriously, driving home gets me feeling like Frogger.

Maria McDonough

Dedham

It’s not easy path, but greater good is the goal

Solving the traffic problem means we must put community needs ahead of our own. Every solution helps someone and hurts someone. Civility and compromise are needed.

Steven A. Levy

Marblehead