Category: Text Messaging


Texting While Driving Kills

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 10, 2011

Representing injured people and the families of those who have been fatally injured is my passion. However, I’m even more passionate about preventing those injuries and deaths. Please watch the short video below. More importantly, please show it to young people who may not realize how texting, while driving, kills. In more general terms, “distracted driving” kills.

Faces of Distracted Driving: Margay Schee, 13

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 9, 2011

On September 23, 2008, 13-year-old Margay Schee was riding home from school when a semi-truck slammed into the back of her school bus. She was killed when rescuers were unable to get her out of the burning wreckage. The truck driver was talking on his cell phone at the time of crash and said he never saw the bus. Margay’s mother, Elissa Schee, is a founding board member of FocusDriven, the first national nonprofit organization devoted specifically to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov. To share your story, upload a video to YouTube… Read More

Sexting and the Law (Part One)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 7, 2010

Yikes! Sexting may sound harmless but it is far from it! Sexting can land the sender in prison for a felony and can cause that person to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her natural life! This is no laughing matter and the powers-that-be (i.e. police and prosecutors) take sexting very, very seriously. What, exactly, is sexting? Well, according to Wikipedia, “Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.” In California, Sexting is made a crime by Penal Code Section 288.2 which basically says that it’s a crime to send a message to a minor if the message is intended to arouse or seduce the minor. This crime applies even… Read More

Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 22, 2010

What is your reaction when you see someone texting while driving or gabbing away on with the cell phone to their ear while behind the heel? Generally speaking, I don’t notice someone engaged in these (or similar) activities unless I’m behind them waiting for them to finally realize that the light has turned green and it’s their turn to go.  And, of course, it’s always a fun challenge to avoid the car that just swerved into my lane because they’re answering that all-important text message or e-mail.  Oh, yeah, and the other day when a woman pulled out of her parking space and made a u-turn right in front of me.  Naturally, I understood… Read More

Disturbing Car Accident Compilation Video: This Could Happen To You

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 25, 2010

This could happen to you. Every disturbing, graphic car accident in this video could happen to you, to me, to any one of us or our loved ones. Pay attention on the road. One millisecond of inattention can change someone’s life, and the lives of their loved ones, forever… and ever. The original video was posted by Tanvir Ahmad on Facebook and, after some sniffing around on Youtube, I was able to find it. I’ve only been able to watch parts of it, it was too disturbing for me to watch in its entirety. You may be braver. I’d like… Read More

Deadly Fun: Texting While Driving

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 10, 2010

The New England Journal of Medicine just published an article entitled The Most Primary of Care – Talk About Driving and Distraction by Amy N. Ship, M.D. Dr.Ship references a British Public Service announcement. Watch this. Show it to your kids.

Contempt of Court: Woman Sentenced to 30 Days for Texting in Court

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: May 3, 2009

The unthinkable has finally happened – Susan Henwood appeared in court for a debtor’s hearing in an effort to ask the judge to continue the hearing because her husband was sick and could not attend and she was sentenced for 30 days in jail for texting him the updates of the hearing!!! According to an article in the Journal of the American Bar Association Susan Henwood, a mother of four, started serving the sentence in the Tooele County Jail on Monday, according to KSL.com. Henwood’s husband, Joshua Henwood, told KSL that his wife went to court to ask for a continuance in his case because… Read More

Twittering While Driving (TWD): Danger Abounds!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 12, 2009

Twitter is the new rage but where it’s used can be outrageously dangerous. But wait! Before you think I’m anti-Twitter, please be sure that I am all for Twitter! I have a Twitter account with the screenname steigerlaw which, as of today, boasts 1,225 followers, and growing. And I’m following 1,800+ Twitterers as well (and growing). It’s productive, addictive and fun. I keep my Twittering professional — i.e., my Tweets (messages) are generally relevant to law related subjects save a few transgressions such as when I tout the Daily Puppy photo website because I’m a dog lover and think looking at puppy pictures is a great… Read More

2009 Laws: Text Messaging in California Video – Don’t Do It While Driving!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 22, 2009

We all know how dangerous and annoying it is to text while driving. How about the person crawling in front of you at 10 miles per hour because they’re “safely” texting. Don’t think that this little stunt increases safety! Or the person so involved in their texting that they don’t notice the car in front of them coming to a halt? Well, California has taken care of this issue once and for all (we hope). This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone,… Read More

New California Vehicle Laws for 2009: Zero Tolerance DUI; No Text Messaging

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 23, 2008

With a new year on the horizon, CHP wants to remind motorists of a handful of new laws that go into effect in 2009. “The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern,” says CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist’s safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers and the tragedy they cause.” Below are the changes to driving regulations and vehicle equipment. Texting While Driving (SB 28, Simitian) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic… Read More

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