Sorry, I didn't mean it and don't see it. I used DUI as an example of something that someone could do repeatedly that still wasn't safe.Here's what you said. The implication is there.
My best buddy just picked up a bike and I insisted he go through an MSF course before he starts riding it on the street. I also told him if I ever caught him drinking alcohol before riding I would render his bike unable to function ever again. 8 hours bottle to throttle. We're in an age demographic where guys get bike cruisers and kill themselves on them. Won't let that happen.And, by the way, what about you being fine after not taking the MSF? Isn't that the same sort of illogical reasoning you don't like?
In the thread you mentioned I also counseled the wayward OP to attend one of those sessions. I just thought the vitriol in the thread had risen inappropriately.
Oh, I'm not in favor of any laws to address this, I think people should act responsibly. I just objected to your blunt assertion that a cell phone never distracted you while driving. You just can't know that.As you yourself said, people are inherently distractable. The mind will find something to occupy it when it doesn't have enough to do. Driving down a straight, empty highway with nothing around isn't enough stimulation. You are either going to daydream, or find something else to do, or maybe even fall asleep if the trip is long enough. You need to be able to maintain situational awareness while avoiding boredom.
I never said I've never been distracted either. I did say that I find passengers to be very distracting, and that people should be able to manage the many distractions that come with modern life. Any time you look at your speedometer or dash lights/gauges, adjust your mirrors or change a radio station, look at your GPS, try to figure out where the sound of sirens is coming from, or check your blind spot, you are distracted from the road or some part of it.
Last weekend I nearly got hit by a truck who was looking for traffic coming from the opposite direction and didn't look back one more time before pulling out. He was distracted BY his attention to the road. He didn't hit me because experience, instinct and muscle memory (not conscious thought) made me prepared to countersteer quickly out of his way.
Answering or making a phone call for a few minutes at appropriate times (not, for example, when pulling out into traffic) doesn't take up very much of your $10 of attention, if you are an experienced driver.
Making up redundant laws doesn't change or resolve anything either.