Texting while driving is another of the long list of driver distractions that are dangerous. Why have a law against texting without covering all the other distracting activities? We should consider a law against Driving While Distracted: DWD. We drivers are all guilty on occasion.
Texting is just more dangerous than most, and it can be proven by the authorities. But an accident caused by fiddling with the radio, putting on lipstick, eating a sandwich, picking your nose, slapping your seven-year old, reading a novel, listening to your mother-in-law, lighting a cigarette, adjusting the air conditioning, etc. are more difficult to prove.
A distraction doesn’t have to be a distraction that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. A driver may be thinking about a problem, or angry over a fight, or just sleepy.
How many accidents are caused by DWD? Even driving with another person in the car has been proven to increase the chance of an accident. In some states, a newly licensed young driver isn’t allowed to drive with a teenage friend passenger for a few months.
During driver training heavy attention should be paid to the problem of DWD, not just texting, but all other activities.