The flick to answer is really annoying and unsafe. However,It is much much worse to talk to a person in the car next to you* than it ever is using a cell phone. yet they haven't outlawed that have they?
Here is how I make it safer:
1- I don't make outgoing calls because the droids voice dialing sucks. You have to look at the screen and make a selection instead of the Droid giving you audio feedback (like all my other phones did)
2- I have my Droid plugged in to my stereo so I can hear the caller clearly. I just talk normally and the Droid picks up my voice (It doesn't need to be in speaker phone mode)
3- I listen to music or audiobooks in the car but the droid automatically pauses the music and restarts after the call is done.
It works great except for trying to answer a call. I flicked one call last night 9 times and it goofed up every time I finally missed the call and was majorly distracted. If nothing else, there should be an option of how you want to answer the call. Button press , camera button remap etc.
* When people are in a cell phone conversation they are looking at the road in front of them. When they are talking to a person in the car or kids in the back seat, studies have show they are cutting the eyes over to them or checking out reactions in the rear view mirror several times a minute . (usually without being aware that they are doing so)
Except when they are looking down to dial a call (which is why voice dial is sooo important) I would much rather be behind a cell phone talker than a driver gabbing with his friends in the car