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I am 94 years old and deafer than a post. I still drive and always take along my cell phone. lf I get in an accident, I press a button and someone answers me. I tell them where I am and my injuries. All they can do is contact some emergency responders and direct them to me, though they may be a hundred miles away. On their arrival I may be dead.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996, Part B, Section 255, has a whole list of requirements to be followed for the disabled. But because the cell phone people are a private company they don’t have to comply. Technology exists that they could utilize to make immediate response to the deaf. But they chose not to use it. In effect, they are giving priority to making a buck rather than saving lives.

AARP says the number of elderly drivers exceeds the younger and we are living longer, and use our freedom to enjoy life. The only remedy is to contact our congressmen and -women and get them to rewrite the code and eliminate this loophole.

Randall E. Morey,

Missoula

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