That rhetorical question was posted online before sunrise this morning by a reader identified as jsmart71 -- at 6:18 a.m. already the seventh person to comment on today's story about a daughter, who has wrecked three cars while phoning and texting, and her father, who also texts and talks behind the wheel (see the story with more reader comments).
Where's the uproar? Here it is. A few dozen more readers have chimed in since 6:18 a.m., many expressing outrage, hurling insults and recommending all sorts of punishment for Tyler and Buckley Strandberg.
Some people find it hard to believe that any drivers spend so much time thumbing and talking into their phones (and one reader has declared the story fraudulent).
But several commenters add their own stories -- not confessions of being distracted by their own phones, but scary encounters with other phone-distracted drivers.
And one of these readers, using the name thejerkstorecalled, thanks the Strandbergs for 'fessing up:
These two, while seemingly the tip of the blade of the problem of cell phones/driving, are just pointed examples of a much bigger problem. Kudos to them for being so honest and willing to be the seemingly extreme examples of this problem but I don't think they're extreme examples at all.
Cell phones are like little Congressman: All of them are evil - except for yours. I think they're rather ordinary by most people's driving standards. I believe that the driving behaviors of these two are rather commonplace - these two are just honest.
I drove to Maryland a few months ago and was rear ended by a guy who was texting and had totaled his own car days earlier. While on 95, going in both directions, the amount of drivers phoning was shocking.
I thank the Strandbergs, too. Safety researchers and police will confirm that their driving habits are not so unusual.
I don't like to see anybody made the object of abuse and insults posted online by anonymous strangers. (In recent weeks we've seen cruel comments directed at a mother who lost two children in a crash, and another mother who died in a crash along with her son.)
But I hope the Strandbergs' story will help North Carolinians understand the hazards of phone-distracted driving -- and decide what they want to do about it.