TO THE EDITOR:
While Automotive News' effort on curbing drunken driving is noble ("Industry should back tech to halt drunken driving," Oct. 28), I believe an ever-growing problem deserves even more attention — stopping drivers from texting or using their cellphone while driving.
According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million accidents annually are caused by cellphone use while driving. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, and it causes nearly 400,000 injuries. This also leads to billions of dollars in insurance payouts, which makes all of our rates go up. Create technology that prevents this.
People go to jail for drunken driving. The same should happen to those that cause accidents because they were texting. The police should start to enforce the anti-texting movement and impose stricter punishments. If you are caught driving drunk, even if you don't cause any accident or hurt anyone, you'll still go to jail. Why can't the same apply to people who text while driving? They're just as dangerous. And there are a lot more of them.
MARIO CHRISTINO, West Friendship, Maryland. The writer is an automotive qualitative researcher.