Railing against texting while driving is off base

The May 9 editorial lamenting texting while driving was completely off base.

Making up statistics to push an agenda is misleading and wrong. Using statistics from the Mainland regarding casualties doesn’t make sense because we live on Maui and driving here is unlike anywhere else in the world.

It is also very telling that the editorial gives the facts regarding casualties on the Mainland versus citations issued here at home.

The police are not our friends, and they are out to generate revenue just like any other government organization. Police citations do not correlate with less casualties, just more money out of your pocket.

If you want to start issuing citations, let’s start with the frivolous use of sirens by all emergency, police and fire personnel. We do not have that many emergencies here on our blessed island yet not a day goes by that I don’t hear sirens wailing in the distance.

I would wager that more people get into accidents trying to get out of the way of these government workers than do by individuals texting while driving.

Furthermore, what’s next? No eating or drinking a soda while driving?

A bad driver is a bad driver no matter what they are doing.

This is Maui, not nanny state U.S.A. I love this newspaper, but if it doesn’t get off the holier-than-thou pedestal and realize this, then I will be forced to start looking for other sources for local news.

Jason Daniel Juarez