"The person was just being thoughtless or not thinking."
This one does not work because it takes a great deal of thought to make the choice to text and drive.
"Its no different than setting the radio or talking to a person in the car."
The above studies prove otherwise. Speaking on a phone requires the focal attention of all logical processing of the brain, leaving nothing left to "focus" on driving. Texting likewise takes all processing attention but your eyes also leave the road.
A recent study has proven that distracted accidents amounts with teens has increased. In one study 3.5 million accidents in one year were directly related to the driver using a cell phone. Although laws are in place, teens and others still use their cell phone when behind the wheel. I have asked some why and they all express similar thinking. They are different, they can handle it, or they are "just checking real quick". Real quick is how many have died.
Since I now experience fear when driving or when a passenger in the car of those who feel empowered to believe they are so experienced at driving that they can use their phone I have given this a lot of thought. If people who abuse driving had to face serious life changing consequences then maybe they might realize they are human.
So "Triple 5 & You Don't Drive."
First Offense of Texting/Using Your Cell Phone While Driving.
A $50.00 fine + all Related Court Cost. Also a Mark on Your Driving Record.
Second Offense of Texting/Using Your Cell Phone While Driving.
The fine increases to $500.00 + all Related Court Cost. Also a Second Mark on Your Driving Record.
Third Offense of Texting/Using Your Cell Phone While Driving.
The Fine is Now $5,000.00 + all Related Court Cost. Also Your Drivers License is Suspended for 1 Year.
Some will say that this is too extreme, that people need to use their phone for business. Or suspending a license is too extreme because people need to get to work. But consider the value of a human life. What about the life of your spouse, child, or yourself. Is the life of a person greater than $5,000.00? If your child was killed by a text driver there is no value to be placed on that loss.
And lastly, if I get in your car and you use your cell phone what gives you the right to choose if I live or die. When you use your phone either texting or talking it DOES distract you and at that point you have chosen that it is your right to decide if the people in your car live or die, not to mention the people in the car you hit.