As guest editor at LAist a few years back, I wrote that drinking and driving don’t mix — so obviously, the driving had to go. Now, Wired columnist Clive Thompson writes that texting and driving don’t mix — so obviously, the driving has to go!
Texting while driving is, in essence, a wake-up call to America. It illustrates our real, and bigger, predicament: The country is currently better suited to cars than to communication. This is completely bonkers.
Clive’s unconvinced, however, that these laws will actually deter drivers from texting — which is why he says “we need to work urgently on making driving less necessary in the first place”:
There are other benefits to making the streets safe for texters: Dramatically increasing public transit would also decrease our carbon footprint, improve local economies, and curtail drunk driving. (Plus, we’d waste less time in spiritually draining bumper-to-bumper traffic.)
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