The only people who have to pay this 'tax' are the ones who break the rule on texting while driving. Therefore it is not a tax it is a punishment[...]
And the only people who pay the cigarettte tax are those who smoke. Is that a punishment too? Lots of people would love to make that behavior illegal too. It affects others. It can be deadly. And second hand smoke is probably just as dangerous to innocent bystanders.
as if the freedom to do something extremely dangerous to themselves and others is a freedom that should be defended.
And here we differ. As I have already said before. If it was extremely dangerous, we would be seeing a lot more accidents. I see it multiple times EVERY day during commutes. You just have no idea about the estimation of risk. You must be a safety fanatic that thinks everyone who does not drive with both hands on 10 and 2 are maniacs who should have their money confiscated from them by the state. And yes. I value freedom. I do not want any whiny pussy deciding what behavior is permissible based upon some paranoid delusion about their risk. I risk more every time I drive around the block on my motorcycle.
[...]however when I see people texting away at 90mph I want them to be punished
And here we come to the real meat of the matter. You have an authoritarian streak. You do not say that you want people punished when someone texting nearly runs you off the road or cuts you off or nearly rear ends you. You just don't want them to text because it pisses you off. You see them text as they go by and you can't stand the fact that they are doing something that you think they shouldn't be doing. You overestimate the safety risk and instantly want to hurt them. You feel taking away some of their hard earned money is a good way to hurt them, but it only hurts the ones who don't have money. There are much better ways to curtail the behavior, but buying SUVs and peeping in windows is not it. It is really only good for bringing in more money. And as I said, you're too pigheaded to see it.