Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Verdict...

Meh...I have been stumped on this one for a few weeks. I first thought something to do with Bills becoming laws, which led me to Law, which took me to the thesaurus and so on and so forth...I decided on verdict. Blah-di-blah...

I was dream storming with the Hubster on Sunday night and told him about what I really really want to do. I want to put my time and energy into helping change the laws in Texas regarding deaths and injuries caused by distracted drivers. So we don't want to pass laws restricting cellular use while driving...THE ALL KNOWING PERRY (NOT!) says we shouldn't be trying to regulate the behavior of grown people....der! Isn't that what all laws do?

Nevertheless, in today's world of technology, there has to be a way for law enforcement to have the ability to find out on the spot if an accident that resulted in death or injury was caused because a driver willfully used his/her electronic device, was distracted and caused the accident. YES...IT IS AN ACCIDENT. However, it is a willful act to use your electronic device even if it causes an accident. The charge would be manslaughter just as if you were drinking and driving and injured/killed someone. Texas Penal Code: § 19.04. MANSLAUGHTER (a) A person commits an offense if he recklessly causes the death of an individual.(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree. Punishment: 2 to 20 and $10K. 

MY VERDICT--that still doesn't bring back the life you took but it might slow you down if you knew you would be busted. I didn't break my parents' rules as a kid because I was afraid of the belt, not because it was wrong. I was a kid; I didn't know right and wrong completely, but I knew the pain of that belt on MY behind!


  1. If the perpetrators of this careless act thought that the penalty might just be losing their freedom for the rest of their lives they would surely think twice and park the cell phone in the glove compartment.

  2. I must side with Perry on this one with all due respect. His point is that the government is getting to the point where 'they' are controlling every aspect of our lives. Therefore, where does it end?

    Do people kill people because of recklessness? Absolutely. By the same token, does greasy food kill people? Yes. Will we regulate that as well?

    Believe it or not, last week I came up with an idea (still in its early stages, of course) that would eliminate the need for texting.

    Stay tuned.