Re: We Don't All Do It
David - I'm not sure I agree with you that approaching people who do something flagrantly antisocial and dangerous by saying, "Hey, I do that too, everyone does!" is the most constructive way to engage them or get them to change their behavior. But rather than argue that, I think the focus should be on the solution. It seems like we agree that putting more radar guns in the hands of local PD's is not going to change anything, other than paying the salaries of people who spend their days and nights manning speed traps and trying them in local kangaroo courts. This is no solution, not only because it is ineffective but because in spite of our own weaknesses and vulnerability, public surveillance of all types has gone out of control and needs to be reigned in, not expanded. (Maybe a small "improvement" in the technology would let the roadside cop read what I'm texting to my wife?) Automobiles are equipped with all kinds of safety devices, environmental controls, etc., some by law, others because manufacturers compete on this basis. Since anti-texting technology is only going to sell vehicles to resposible parents buying cars for their kids, it has to be mandated by law or regulation. Anti-drunk driving technology is also possible and should be mandatory as well if it is proven to work. Technology misused or in the wrong hands is one of the geatest threats we face. Technology used for the right purpose, in the right way, can have enormous social benefits. i'm happy to engage people in an exchange about texting and driving but in the end this is something that can and should be prevented by technology whether or not the offenders recognize the error of their ways.