We've all heard the dictum: Don't text and drive. Now, a New Jersey state appeals court has an addendum: Don't text a driver - or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.
Kyle Best was behind the wheel of his pickup in September 2009 driving down a rural highway, when Shannon Colonna sent him a text.
The two were teens at the time. He was 18; she was 17, and they were dating. They sent each other 62 texts that day, according to court documents. That's 14 messages an hour.
In the opposing lane of traffic, David Kubert was cruising along on a big, blue touring motorcycle with his wife Linda along for the ride. They approached Best at exactly the wrong time.
Driver fault. I never text and drive.
Yesterday I called a friend's cell phone. I thought he was at home, but he answered at a supermarket and said he'd call me back. How could I have known where he was?
You couldn't. He told you. Does nobody employ critical thinking skills anymore?
Tragic. Want more of a travesty? The current first la dy has twenty one staffers to help her and her alone to the tune of one and a half million a years when all others before her, except hilary(three), had only one. What a country. Can't make this stuff up folks and I only deal in facts so don't kill the messenger
This is patently untrue. In recent years, the First Ladies have ALWAYS had more than one staffer; HRC had 19, and Laura Bush had...wait for it...as many as Michelle Obama has; 22 staff members.
After alcohol , texting is fast becoming a killer on the roads. This has to be curbed.
Question you Congress person on this@Juan. We should all use our right to hold public officials accountable.
Damn skippy Saywhat! I literally just got off the phone with my senators office regarding my passionate disdain for obamacare. My right and I will be heard.
This should be the law in all 50 states. It would save countess lives.
Juan: please provide a link. Facts should have supporting evidence. Thank you.
Â¤And countless lives.
Oh and I stand corrected. She has twenty two staffers not twenty one
Thank you. Now I will look for it.
Does someone asking for evidence typically cause you to get hysterical and over-react?
Additionally, attacking MONTH's orthodontia is shallow.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
Â¤ MO's orthodontia. Autocorrect error.
Hobgoblin. Don't know why that word cracks me up. And a million and a half dollars for someone that hold no office. Was not elected to anything. I can say what ever the hell I want since its our friggin money. Hysterical u say. How bout passionate. Yup. I think that's a more appropriate word miss Jennifer
I asked if you typically became hysterical and over-reacted when questioned on the sources to your posts; please re-read it.
If you want to call your attention to Michelle Obama's teeth "passionate", I suppose that's your right.
I merely asked for a link, since in your words, "Canâ€™t make this stuff up folks and I only deal in facts."
I looked this up, and I am not surprised to find that it wasn't true.
Du.mb law. Why blame the texter?
I hope this happens nationwide.
Good idea actually. And i agree @ banasy. I only have one question. How do you know when you're texting someone, that that someone is driving??
Well, obviously the sender doesn't, but through accident reconstruction and text records, it can be determined if one was texting when they got in the accident; witnesses, etc.
If that someone gets into an accident, cell records and accident reconstruction; witnesses.
Don't post and drive, JR.
Lol. Who's stupid enuff to actually do that. Post n drive. LMAO!
Lmao good catch @ banasy! Not me @ 9:16 of course. And i meant the person texting to the person driving may not know that person is driving!
Of course you wouldn't know. It is up to the driver to let them know, and they can check the texts after an accident to see if you were informed and kept texting them anyway. Such as this case.
So i see i was deleted as well eh? @ banasy, how would a person texting someone know that the other person is driving??
One HUGE flaw with this law: HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR TEXT IS DRIVING OR NOT? Another stupid law written by stupid people and supported by more stupid people.
The sender doesn't. If they are informed, keep texting anyway, abd help to cause an accident, they're liable. Do you not read???
This law isn't stupid. Look at it this way: we have laws against driving under the influence, and seat belt regulations; it saves lives. Do you really think that driving and texting is safe?
If the stupid LS owner knowingly sold a drunk person more liquor and it is proven, yes, they can be held liable. Same as they do with bartenders at bars.
Common sense would tell one not to drive and text. Most people lack common sense, so laws are enacted to protect innocent people. You don't have the right to kill people through your wish to text while driving.