We're still treating distracted driving as annoyance, say advocates

Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:25 PM ET

Karen Bowman thinks too many of us — and carmakers — don't get it.

The founder of B.C.-based advocacy group dropitanddrive.com sees weak legal penalties and still too many people who treat distracted driving as a personal choice, rather than something on par with drunk driving.

Drinking and driving makes you a social pariah.

Getting a texting ticket just makes people fume.

"The level of arrogance among drivers is still amazing," she says, pointing to one man who recently tried to argue it was his wallet that he was holding to his ear, rather than his cellphone.

Bowman says we use our cars as mobile living rooms, entertainment areas and kitchens, rather than what they are — heavy machines that should take all or our attention.

She also fumes at carmakers, which squeeze more distractions into vehicles — the latest is a plan to bring wi-fi to cars in Canada.


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