Teen Sentenced To Prison For "Vehicular Homicide While Texting
Got this from another forum and some interesting discussion ensued.
I don't think anyone will disagree that the young man should be punished for crossing the center line and causing another person's death; but his sentence is the first from a new law in Mass and he is charged with vehicle homicide by texting.
Do you agree with the new law and how it was handled, or do you feel it's yet another law that erodes our rights and sends us down a slippery slope?
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All these detailed laws are silly nonsense to be polite. Let's take these 'behave while driving' laws:
It's still legal to- change radio stations, put on makeup, reach for a drink, light a cigarette, reach for something out of the glove box, adjust your seat, roll your window up or down,, swat a bug, eat, use the visor mirror, turn on/ off the cabin light, hit the rear window defogger, pick your nose or use the steering wheel, turn indicators, wipers and lights while underway.
You can use your cell phone as long as it is 'hands free'. You still have to hold it to select the phone option, address book, the person you're calling, which of their numbers to call, whether you want to text or call then you can put it down and let the cop see your blue tooth ear piece that isn't turned on because you hate using it or it isn't charged so you're actually using the speaker phone with the phone lying on your rather rotund belly. At least that's how I do it.
Next thing you know, they'll be outlawing texting in the military. Can't drive a tank, fly a jet, plot artillery or go house to house while texting.
There are laws on the books already in most states that hold people accountable for their actions. If you do something reckless or grossly negligent, you may be fined or imprisoned. Why do we need all these BS specific laws? If you are acting irresponsibly and cause damage or injury to another person or their property you are liable. Is this concept really that hard? Hammurabi figured it out a few thousand years ago in the world's first building code. if you choose to drink and drive then cause damage or injury, you are liable. Booze or texting or listening to music as not excuses for being in control of yourself and aware of others around you.
God help us! :gah:
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