Koffee had this online petition linked in her signature, which asks congress to ban cell phone use while driving. I'm posting it in a more visible place so more people respond. Petition
When drivers talk on cell phones, according to one study accidents increase 4 fold. There is actually a website (http://www.drivenowchatlater.com/ ) dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of cell phones and driving.
Scientific American Frontiers had a special which talked, among other things, about how well drivers could respond to things around them while on the phone. They showed some fancy setup involving a fake car with screens in front and behind which would show cars swerving and other things. They did this to monitor and study how well the drivers noted changes going on in front and behind them. In one instance, the tested driver was on the phone. They missed, by a considerable amount, events going on each screen. Teenagers, incidentally, were much more prone to miss key events going on in front of or behind them.
What happened to sydney was wrong. I personally think that text messaging in a car is beyond negligent.
Yet, maybe, if people had to worry about getting ticketed for using/playing with their phones, deaths could be prevented. We can't bring sydney back, but we can honor his memory by attempting to make the roads safer.