A Swing and A Miss For Traffic Safety
by Scott Cox
posted Jun 4 2014 4:13PM
The jury has rendered a verdict in the case of a young Bakersfield woman, whom according to investigators, was texting and speeding when she ran a stop sign and struck and killed another young woman. This texting stuff is completely out of control around here, and this jury had the chance to send a clear message to anyone else who might be driving and texting- take a person's life, and we'll throw the book at you. Well, they found the texter guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, which I didn't even know was a thing. Since when is killing another human being a misdemeanor? Her 24 year old victim is gone forever, leaving her family and freinds to grieve her senseless loss. And the girl who killed her will be back on the street this time next year. That seems crazy to me. And good luck using this case to compel young drivers to put down their phones while driving, because kids these days aren't afraid of misdemeanors. This case was being watched by people all over the country to gauge how seriously we'd take this growing problem. I guess they got their answer.