Monday, February 04, 2008

Texting while driving...

Monday he was arrested, on Tuesday he was tried
The jury found him guilty and the judge said “Ninety-nine”
Delia's gone, one more round and Delia's gone.

Delia” performed by Koerner, Ray, and Glover
MP3 file available

I stumbled over this earlier tonight while looking for something else.


Category: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Along with the ability to send text messages while driving comes the likelihood of more traffic accidents. Psychologists at the University of Utah say that texting behind the wheel is 50 percent more dangerous than talking on a cell phone while driving.

...There was a story reported on Wednesday on The Early Show relaying the clear message that the practice of texting while driving can cost lives - seems obvious enough. There are some horrible stories out there for example "On the day before Thanksgiving last year, high school senior Patrick Sims was driving less than a mile from his Denver home and texting a friend, when his girlfriend suddenly screamed. When Sims looked up, he was just inches from a cyclist in the bike lane." It was too late. Sims killed the 63-year-old grandfather and at the same time changed his life forever.

...As for Sims, he now talks to teens about his crash while texting and the life he took. He no longer has his license or cell phone. He is on probation and has served 10 days in jail.


Now let's be clear. Sims killed a man and he'll have to live with that forever. But his 'punishment' is 10 whole days in jail and probation. Could we expect a similar punishment if he'd run into another car and perhaps killed a child? Are cyclist's lives so little valued that a killer can apologize by saying "My bad!" and walk away?

If I ever have to kill somebody, I'll be sure to do it in Denver.

Now Curly's looking high, and Curly's looking low.
He shot poor Delia down, good people, with a big bore forty four.
She's all I've got, is gone.

Curly says to the judge, what may be my fine?
The judge says "Poor boy, you've got ninety nine."
She's all I've got, is gone.

You can call out your rubber tired taxis, your double-seated hacks.
They took poor Delia to the graveyard, people, and they failed to
bring her back.
She's all I've got, is gone.

Based on a version sung by David Bromberg.



Blogger Jon said...

At least he got punished. Check out Streetsblog, sometime, for tale after tale of New York City cyclists being killed, and the driver walking away without so much as a traffic ticket.

Until those in charge ride bikes (or those who ride bikes arein charge, if you prefer), this will be the case. We are the "nutcases" who "bring it upon ourselves", much like rape victims who were wearing short skirts.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Fritz said...

It was just an accident, after all. Coulda happened to anyone.

4:19 PM  
Blogger lisat_09 said...

the cyclists family asked for leniency. i think the guy was supposed to get 1 year in jail.

10:41 PM  

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