I have a family member that has had 4 DUIs and is still driving. The estimated number of drunk drivers on the road on a daily basis is a sobering statistic (pun intended). Utah has done a decent job, most states have not.
I low level first offense should require 3 days in jail, attending meetings with families that have lost loved ones, community service, etc. With a clear understanding that a 2nd DUI will be months in jail and loss of driving for at least a year, or longer depending on BAC.
I don't think the .14 bac for voice concentration is accurate. I've seen to many statistics from negligible risk to .05, 0.7 etc. Similarly tests show that a passenger is just as dangerous, while other say a passenger is less dangerous. So many uncontrolled variables in all these tests. All of the statistics with phone accidents don't differentiate where the phone was the proximate cause of the accident. And actually holding the phone has shown to be less dangerous than hands free in many tests.
For texting and driving on the phone (maybe not if you receive and respond via the phone and not looking at your phone), I honestly think the punishment should be the same as for drunk driving.
The point with all of this, is there are MANY things we can be doing to save lives that we don't seem to care about as a society. Instead it is the political hot points like guns that always come to the forefront. And I am not saying we should not try to prevent gun deaths, but we should simultaneously be taking a hard stance at stopping other preventable deaths. With drugs, we seem to go the opposite direction, where most states have stopped enforcing drug use. Where I live, people can't even be arrested, where previously they were arrested and immediately put into rehab type programs and not jail.
No matter what, we can do a lot more to prevent deaths in many facets of life. I'd love to seem more money spent on cancer research, fighting heart disease, etc.
There are many things that should have bipartisan focus and support, but we seem to ignore those and fight over everything else.