In California, Sequoia Jones was sentenced to 5 years in prison for an accident she caused when texting while driving. (See: Woman Gets 5 Years for Texting While Driving Accident ) She was going 70 to 75 miles per hour when she hit a motorcycle. The rider went down and was then run over and died. Jones pulled over and attempted to walk away from the accident. In addition to attempting to leave the scene of an accident, she had a previous conviction of vehicular manslaughter.
She is 64 and will now spend the next 5 years in prison. So if the thought of hurting or killing someone doesn’t stop people from texting while driving, hopefully knowing they can go to prison for it will make them think harder about it.
Personally, I feel the only way to prevent texting while driving accidents is to block the ability to text while driving all together. This can only be done by adding a block to all phones that prevent the ability to text if the phone is moving faster than 15 miles per hour. The automakers and federal Transportaion Department seem to agree.
This technology already exists and is available by way of numerous apps to block texting while driving – the only problem is that the use of these apps is voluntary. It needs to be a built-in function of the phone, so that no one can text while driving. Passengers can still text while in a moving car, thanks to already-existing technology.
The hard fact is this: Until texting while driving is made impossible, we will continue to see more tragic, preventable deaths on our roads.
Distracted Driving Foundation