Years from now, texting while driving may have the same stigma of drinking and driving, or worse. Academic studies have shown that texting while driving impairs the driver's abilities. However, Car and Driver did a study trying to show just how dangerous it may be. Apparently, it is mor dangerous than drinking and driving.
Check out their article. People have already gone to jail for killing people due to negligent driving as a result of surfing on their phone and etc while driving. Many states have now passed laws regarding texting and driving.