Is felony gross vehicular manslaughter enough for texting and driving?

The Glendale News-Press ran an article today about a 20 year old woman was has been arrested for causing the death of an older man while she was texting and driving.  Police state that she ran a stop sign while texting.  The article reports that her arrest was 3 months after the accident and will be charged with felony gross vehicular manslauter.

This is the first such case in LA where an arrest has been made since the law was changed a couple of summers ago.  People still aggressively drive and use their cells for calls and texting.  Is this charge enough?  Should there be additional penalties such as time to serve for using a cell phone while driving?  What say you?

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5 Replies to “Is felony gross vehicular manslaughter enough for texting and driving?”

  1. I think legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away…

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, auto reply app for smartphones.. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER LLC
    OTTER app

    Footnote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKyo84I7NIk

  2. manslaughter is a complete joke, these people deserve murder charges.

    the penalty for texting while driving should be a year in prison, bare minimum, plus restitution to the state for the expense of housing the offender in prison.

  3. i say make the penalties harsh and enforcement harsher. We have enough problems with roadragers, now these boneheads add to a growing driving etiquette issue.

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