Text, Drive and Kill: Go To Jail
Published On: June 9, 2012
I’m burning mad. It takes a moment to pull over to read or respond to a text, to program your GPS, to dial the phone (should you not have voice command) yet people do it while their car is moving. And, more importantly, while other cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, cats and dogs are moving. And while buildings are stationary. Taking our eyes off the road seems harmless enough but it can cause injury and death.
In New Hampshire, 18 year old Aaron Deveau was sentenced to jail for vehicular manslaughter. He was convicted of causing an accident which never, ever would have happened had he been watching the road. Instead, he was texting his girlfriend. Now an innocent 55 year old grandfather has been taken from his family. His girlfriend was critically injured. And Aaron will spend, at most, one year in jail. And, oh yeah, his driver’s license will be suspended for 15 years.
This is unconscionable. This must stop.