this is not meant to excuse those who drink and drive or diminish the seriousness of drinking and driving. I want to know why certain people think that those who drink and drive need to be punished so much more severely, regardless of whether they cause an accident, than those who engage in all these other behaviors, which on average cause more accidents. is it perhaps that there is a cottage industry built up around "reforming" or punishing those who drink and drive? there are too many people who benefit from the current system? a drunk driver you can send for a year's worth of therapy to "reform" him - thus benefitting those who offer the therapy classes. with a distracted driver, what can you do? send him to a year's worth of therapy to tell him/her not the fiddle with the radio while driving? I just don't get why there is a double standard, when if you look at the statistics, drunk driving isn't even the most dangerous forms of human behaviors when it comes to driving. notice, not mention of drinking and driving.