As Apple announced the ability to play Pokemon Go on Apple watches, in Ontario, provincial police declared the recent Labour Day weekend the deadliest in 20 years thanks to distracted drivers. Distracted is the new reckless endangerment. Autonomous cars will help, but proliferation will take too long. We need to spread deterrence through social abhorrence, media campaigns and stiffer penalties. Intoxicated driving is considered criminal, it’s time to up the ante on texting behind the wheel too. One easy start: it’s illegal to have open liquor inside vehicles. We should make also make it illegal to have phones in the front seat within reach of drivers. That behavior change would greatly reduce temptation. Apparently we have to.
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