The crime is not, as you might think, killing someone because you were too distracted to pay attention. The crime is being too distracted to pay attention, i.e. driving dangerously. Punishing the crime after it is commited but before it has the worst possible consequences is a good thing.
I have to agree. This is a nice concise summary of the situation.
I guess that some will have issue with the fact that talking on a mobile / cell phone is not a crime. However, driving whilst not paying attention is, talking on a phone only adds to that lack of attention to the road.
Hell, the roads here are awful. Town planners seem to dump zebra crossings and mini-roundabouts RIGHT AFTER a corner. So, you turn a corner only to find someone walking across the middle of the road right infront of you !
There are enough hazzards on the roads here without councils inadvertantly adding more ! Add this to the stupidity and arrogance of some pedestrians and you have a recipe for disaster. Disasters that occur everyday on our roads - without saying too much that could give my identity away - I have seen more than enough of it.
Anything that can be done to ease this would be welcome.