Besides talking on the phone and texting, there are many things that distract drivers.
Changing the radio station
Pretty girl on the sidewalk
Being overly tired
I think we can all agree that the driver must be alert and unimpaired while on the road. The passengers, not so much….
I for one have been able to take off of work and make it a travel day to family events, because I was able to talk on the phone, and even use the Internet on my laptop as my wife drove down the highway. Had I not been able to do this, I would not have been able to take the days off. I would hate to see blanket rules for every one in the car/van/motorhome (think of the carpool vans) that would disable the technology.
I think there needs to be more educational campaigns, with enforcement of distracted drivers laws.
I would like to say that we should make adult decisions about our diving behavior, but I am well aware that even those whose age would make them adults, there mental abilities are less than adult.
So anyway, those than can think must. And be alert for those who can’t.