We’ve often said that better public transportation is necessary to solve our traffic (in)justice problems. The fact that driving a car is necessary for some people to get to work, makes it incredibly difficult to revoke their privilege when they prove unworthy of it. Driving has become a de facto entitlement because there are so few viable options in a sprawling metro.
We should change our focus to the other side of the equation and curtail not the texting but the driving. This may sound a bit facetious, but I’m serious. When we worry about driving and texting, we assume that the most important thing the person is doing is piloting the car. But what if the most important thing they’re doing is texting? How do we free them up so they can text without needing to worry about driving?
Helmet-tip to John, for posting this in comments.