Picture yourself on a motorcycle. You're light and maneuverable, but also vulnerable, because you don't have thousands of pounds of metal around you. You're also very aware of your environment, because it's so immediate to you: you don't have a radio playing, a cup of coffee or a cigarette; you have no opportunity to dial a phone or eat anything; all you can do is drive your machine.
Picture yourself on an on-ramp to Highway 1. It's the kind of on-ramp that has two lanes merging into one before that merges onto the highway. Picture yourself getting onto that on-ramp behind two vehicles going slower than you want to. The rearward one pulls out into the left ramp lane, and goes just a little bit faster than the foreward one. Thinking your chances are better behind the slightly faster vehicle, you also pull into the left ramp lane. But that vehicle in the lane in front of you isn't going to speed up enough for you to clear the vehicle in the right lane before the merge point; they either don't use their rearview mirrors or are indifferent to the situations they help create.
So now imagine that you're traveling a safe distance behind the car in front, and neck-and-neck with the car on your right. The driver of that car on the right somehow gets the cue that they should merge into the left lane. Because you're right beside them, you have no way to know if they're signalling or not. They just start coming at you. Imagine that as a vulnerable motorist riding next to the vehicle coming at you, you honk your horn and try to make eye contact with your attacker. Imagine looking down into their startled face as they look up from FUCKING TEXTING ON THEIR CELL PHONE!
In your imagination, you have just joined me on my morning commute today. Only I didn't imagine this; it really happened.
I can't stress this point enough: NOBODY SHOULD BE DOING ANYTHING ELSE WHILE THEY'RE DRIVING. Driving is not an inherently safe activity: it's dangerous. You can hurt or kill people. You can cripple them for life. You can rob them of family members. You can rob them of their beloved bikes. And texting on a cell phone is already a difficult activity: numeric keypads are far from being an intuitive interface.
I know it's a malicious thing to say, but I hope that guy gets in a single-vehicle accident because he's texting, and that he alone gets hurt.
After that happened, I wrote to my MLA, the Transportation Minister, and the Solicitor General, asking for provisions in the Motor Vehicle Act prohibiting this gross dereliction of road users' duty. As long as it remains legal to text and drive, apply makeup and drive, or watch sports and drive, people are going to keep doing it, acting like it's safe.
How about halving the number of speed traps and using the spare muscle to crack down on drivers who just aren't taking their responsibilites seriously?