So ultimately, you probably don't have to hide your meatball sub or Big Gulp below the dash when driving by a cop... yet. But just because you won't necessarily get pinched for something doesn't make it right. Or safe.
"Driving is dangerous already. And it's extremely dangerous when people on the road aren't paying attention," Robinson said. "Any form of distraction has been literally proven to reduce your reaction speed to levels that make driving dangerous. I understand that people think it's OK to eat and drive, or drink coffee and drive, just because it so normalized. But people also have to realize that this is a major, major risk, that is almost always overlooked and treated as 'no big deal.' At the end of the day you need to ask yourself: Is this really worth it?"
If the words of these experts, the consistently proven data, or the (still-maimed) bumper of my '99 Honda CRV mean anything -- it's not. Every day, eight people are killed by distracted drivers. Those are eight souls that perish because someone was trying to multitask while operating a multi-ton vehicle. There is nothing in the world that is too important to wait, whether it's sending an expertly timed poop emoji to a raucous group chat or slamming down a slice of Buffalo chicken pizza. So what's the difference between the two? If lawmakers crack down solely on texting, they are still leaving lives on the table that don't need to be lost. The increasing stigma behind texting while driving needs to expanded to all forms of distractions, legally and socially, too. Shame your burger-chowing mobile friends. Stink-eye the dude in the fast lane juggling coffee and donuts. Hand-feed your pal some grapes while riding shotgun, awkwardness be damned.
The most crucial point here isn't whether eating/drinking while driving should ultimately be illegal. We should really be asking ourselves how the hell it isn't illegal, already. How many more ruined lives will it take to change our minds?