It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.
The parallel with drinking and driving is disturbing, when it comes to personal responsibility and the level of impairment.
We (in the US) go about dealing with drunk driving exactly backwards, IMO. We should issue special drivers licenses that allow people to still drive, but not buy alcohol. This would be much easier, since the main enforcement becomes at the store/bar. They simply have to card everyone as a matter of course (this would help with underage drinking in a small way as well). I wish I could think of a similar way to do the same with phones. I don't think we have the tech to shut down a phone that in a car, but maybe it wouldn't be too hard to develop.
The reason for this is primarily that in the US (unlike more civilized countries... ) there are very few places were driving is optional (yes, I understand the irony of saying this on a biking forum, but bear with me). So most people still 'need' their vehicles for driving to work and day to day stuff. I don't like it, but that's sort of where we're stuck. So address the problem of drinking, and being distracted, but allow people to maintain their employment and continue to use their cars as needed (with a huge caveat on 'needed').
Last edited by Notso_fastLane; 07-14-14 at 04:26 PM.