Home > Mudcat Falls Hometown News > Government Sued for Texting Drivers

Government Sued for Texting Drivers

Mudcat Falls Masthead for WP - 500w

MUDCAT FALLS — Calabash County and the U.S. Department of Transportation are being sued by the fifty-two drivers involved in a massive, fog-induced pile-up on the Gila Bend section of the Riverside Turnpike which occurred this past spring.

MF140721 - Foggy Crash 2The plaintiff’s complaint claims that the government directly caused the accident by texting drivers, which is against the law in Calabash County.

“I was trying to read a message that was warning of low visibility ahead,” said eighty-three year old Patina Petty of Pistol Creek. “But it was hard to see because of the fog and I accidentally swerved out of my lane.”

Petty’s Oldsmobile Delta 88 clipped the front bumper of a Toyota Prius driven by Sunshine Groenomhelzing setting off a chain reaction accident involving fifty other cars and trucks.

“The law makes texting and driving illegal, plain and simple,” said Steve Dallas, the attorney representing the accident victims. “It doesn’t matter whether that text shows up on a four inch iPhone screen or a forty-foot electronic sign.”

MF140721 - Texting While Driving w250The Department of Transportation had recently installed electronic messaging boards along the turnpike to alert motorists to hazardous conditions, traffic congestion and amber alerts.

Calabash County Commissioner Weezer McFairlane had no comment on the pending litgation.

When reached by telephone, an unnamed official in Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx’s office said, “It’s our highway and I think we know best how to run it.”

The official called the suit a frivolous stunt by “local Tea Party yokels” which was “no doubt motivated by racism.”

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has pushed for good laws, tough enforcement, and increased public awareness to help combat the deadly epidemic of distracted driving and, today, 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban texting while driving for drivers of all ages.

All the Fits as News to Print

Serving Mudcat Falls Since 1854

www.mudcatfalls.com


Buy In the Black at Smashwords

Save 50% at Smashwords

Use Coupon Code:  BL48B

 

 

 

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: