I WAS shocked to see a message displayed recently on the electronic message board over Interstate 93 which said, "Texting will get you on the naughty list." The message really being delivered to motorists is that texting while driving is a "naughty," trivial offense — rather than a deadly serious hazard to public safety.

Whoever makes the decisions pertaining to the content of the Massachusetts highway electronic messages needs to exercise better judgment than what was shown on that message board.

That message and the slap-on-the wrist, $100 fine for first-time texting while driving shows that some Massachusetts officials have not grasped the seriousness of this distraction. Reckless, selfish driving is more than "naughty." It disrupts and even destroys lives.


Massachusetts, please get extremely serious about dangerous driving habits.

Jeff Donohoe