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The Winnipeg Police Service says drivers are not getting the message about not using their cellphones while driving. Here are some messages our readers wanted to pass along.

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After checking for police, I'll check emails quickly, especially If I'm waiting for five light cycles to turn left at some plugged intersection at Polo Park, or waiting for a train on Taylor or Waverley. Why not?

-- Dyskinetic Andre

So you are the guy I have to honk the horn at to get moving long after the light has turned green.

Put down your phone.

-- Gack

I imagine it's like our reluctance to wear seatbelts. It took quite a while before people finally got the message. People will eventually get it.

Now, kindly explain why police can use their cellphones when driving? Are they immune to the dangers?

-- anonymity_personified

Police can also carry loaded guns in public and arrest people and levy fines. They have more privileges than we do, I suggest you deal with it.-- Scuderia

It's interesting: The research shows that using Bluetooth is almost as bad as holding the phone to your ear. We should just pull over and pay attention to one thing at a time!

-- 23729617

Treat cellphone drivers just like drunk driving -- take away their licence and impound their vehicle. I saw this guy driving all over the road and when I got next to him, I saw he was on the phone. I honked at him and he flipped me off. Morons like this will only get the message if they are faced with a harsh penalty -- or when they kill someone or themselves, whichever comes first.

-- LuckyBucky

Well, since a new Australian study has found that having kids in the car is 12 times worse than cellphone use, obviously kids should be banned.

-- Vince2

It's not just about the danger, it's about the necessity-and-danger balance. If it was just about danger, we'd ban cars altogether, but we can't since they are a necessity, just like transporting kids is a necessity. Texting while driving, however, is dangerous and is completely unnecessary.

-- Scuderia

What about texting and walking.

Saw a woman the other day crossing the street, holding a little one's hand with one hand, texting with the other. The light was 'don't walk' -- she was oblivious.

-- Workingforabetterworld

Make it a $1,000 fine and it'll go a far way to stop texting or talking on the cell when driving.

But we know that won't happen because a $200 fine is more easily accepted and so the talking and texting continue and the fines keep rolling into city coffers.

Make it a $1,000 fine and the city will have to find new ways of sticking it to the taxpayer so we'll never see the fine increased to something that would stop texting and talking in its tracks.

-- Stu Danatch

Photo radar has not decreased collisions and more fines will not work here. Education and better equipment will help. Let us not surrender our rights to the trigger-happy policeman with power problems.

-- longplainfirstnation

Let me remind everyone who compares talking on the phone to drunk driving that the study showed that hands-free devices did not make a difference. The law did not get created in accordance with this study. So if you use a hands-free device you may be legal but you are not safe.

-- 23943102

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 13, 2013 A10

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