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Calif woman gets 6 years for fatal texting crash

  1. Apr 4, 2009 #1

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    I can't believe that she was only sentenced to 6 years, she can probably get released in 2 with good behaviour.

    Just incredible that people can be this stupid. Paying bills while driving?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090404/ap_on_re_us/text_crash [Broken]
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2009 #2

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    I hope that she is basically decent woman so that the awful tragedy that occurred as a result of her thoughtless misconduct will haunt her forever.

    That would be a suitable punishment for her.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2009 #3
    She seems to be willing to appeal, so maybe she will ask for a longer punishment.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2009 #4
    Her attorney will appeal the sentence.

    If someone killed one of my family, I too would want them to have a short sentence. I'd hate waiting around before I can get my hands on them.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2009 #5
    I see useless sentences like this in the papers at work all the time (I work in media coverage, have thousands of papers). For example:

    From the Sept 3 edition Howard Beach News, New York
     
  7. Apr 4, 2009 #6
    Sorry to go offtopic, but the vehicle actually caught flames. I thought that only happens in movies.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2009 #7

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    When people get probation in cases like these.... what does that actually mean? I can't imagine what the causes or consequences would be unlike with say, a drug dealer on probation going back to jail if he's caught doing drugs or meeting other criminals or whatever. I'm sure its not "If you're caught texting again, its back to jail for you!"...
     
  9. Apr 4, 2009 #8
    Are there any laws in California regarding cell phone use while driving?
     
  10. Apr 4, 2009 #9

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    Yes, it has been for a couple years now.
     
  11. Apr 4, 2009 #10

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    They don't explode the way you see in movies, but they certainly can catch on fire. Once the fuel catches, it can be quite devastating.
    I don't know about elsewhere, including the rest of Canada, but using a cell phone or similar device while driving is illegal in Alberta (or pending legislation; I'm not sure which). It's considered 'impaired driving' with the same consequences as if you were drunk. Doesn't stop people from doing it, though.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2009 #11

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    Talking on a cell phone is less distracting than driving with small children in a car, applying makeup, reading a map, or eating.

    But the concentration required to pay bills online with all of the digits you need to input, that's insane.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2009 #12

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    Wasn't there a Ford model or something back in the 60's that would easily be ignited if it experienced a collision in the rear?
     
  14. Apr 4, 2009 #13

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    It was actually in the late 70's. Pinto. A buddy of mine commented about the US commitment to the first wave of M1 Abrams main battle tanks: "Why don't they just put guns on Pintos and back into the Russians?"
     
  15. Apr 4, 2009 #14
    Trains in their early days ran the same risk of catching on fire


    It's ridiculous that someone would actually be paying the bills while driving. It's sad to see how poor some people's driving habits have become. Today on the highway I was nearly run off the road by a woman applying makeup. Nothing against female drivers of course
     
  16. Apr 4, 2009 #15
    I thought the same thing when I drove by a VW bus on the side of the freeway that was engulfed in flames. Maybe its a California thing, since we're so close to Hollywood and all. ;-)

    Its more or less the same thing regardless of what you are convicted of. If you are caught doing anything illegal you could potentialy go back to jail. Depending on the crime there may also be certain conditions (or maybe that's just parole?) such as staying away from known drug users/dealers if convicted on drug charges or known gang members if convicted of a gang related offense. A particularly clever judge might give her the condition that she must cancel her cell service or just the texting and data service options. It would seem likely though that she just pleaded her case out with the DA for a reduced sentence.

    Talking on a cell without a headset while driving was illegalized two or three years ago. Texting while driving was illegalized about a year or so ago. And that was amended to include texting while the car is on the street but not in motion just recently.
     
  17. Apr 5, 2009 #16
    Although the statistics are difficult to gather, it seems that driving fatigued is as dangerous than driving drunk.

    Prescription drugs can get an unsuspecting driver a DUI.

    Fatality rates for drivers begin to climb after age 65, according to a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, based on data from 1999-2004 . . . For drivers 85 and older, the fatality rate skyrockets to nearly four times higher than that for teens.
     
  18. Apr 5, 2009 #17
    Technically this is legally covered by reckless driving. But recklessness must be proved. In the case of DUI laws and cellphone laws they are meant as a preventative measure instead of a means of prosecuting those actually guilty of reckless driving. A preventative law against driving while fatigued would be incredibly difficult to enforce.
     
  19. Apr 5, 2009 #18
    Why don't they design some type of frequency resonator that has to be legally installed on every operating vehicle, and it would make your cell phone useless preventing calls to be made/received unless you step out... Would this be possible? Kind of like the same device you gotta blow into to detect alcohol.

    Might be a bad idea though, if you got stuck inside your car in an emergency, or zombies are trying to break into your window :eek: But there's got to be some type of way to install some detectors so it would automatically dial 911 regardless of the situation (actually this already exists, doesn't it? I saw it on a commercial - with the super slo-mo cell phone).

    I wonder if it's feasible idea... impractical?

    Yeah, we're not robots. We're bound to have some insomniac nights. Maybe when them magic pills get released for these occasional moments. Caffeine's too weak, and if you take too much you'll piss outta your *** throughout the day, and other drugs are too "heavy" just for the sake of getting to work/back home safely.
     
  20. Apr 5, 2009 #19
    Talking on the phone is highly visusal for me. I hardly see a thing in front of me. I couldn't possibly drive.
     
  21. Apr 5, 2009 #20

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    :rofl:
     
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