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Distracted Driving Lands Driver 30 Day Jail Sentence

I’ve been on a bit of a blog hiatus because we’re in the process of re-designing the website,  but this story begs to be blogged about.

Today, a  Texas judge sentenced a 24 year old Humble woman to 30 days in jail and 10 years probation and ordered her to pay a $10,000.00 fine after her distracted driving resulted in the death of a 25 year old driver.  The woman was trying to get on an interstate on-ramp that she had missed just seconds after hanging up her cell phone.  Interestingly, the prosecutor and the defense both asked for probation, but the judge overruled them and ordered the jail time.

This is just the latest news about distracted driving.  Last week, the Department of Transportation hosted a summit on the dangers of distracted driving.  On the heels of the summit, President Obama entered an executive order directing federal employees not to text-message while driving.

While it’s unfortunate that we need jail sentences or summits to drive the message home, the more this topic is discussed, the more awareness people have of the dangers, and the safer the roads become.

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