February 16, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Atlanta Suburb Makes Accident Criminal – Your Thoughts?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the following “facts”

“…on a dark, rainy night, a person crossed against the light and stepped in front of a car that was not speeding and had a green light. The driver’s lawyer says the driver was not texting at the time of the accident.”

However, the Gwinnett police disagree and say that the outcome of the “accident” could have been different if the driver had not been texting. They say her use of the cell phone was a contributing factor and have charged Lori Reineke, the driver, with vehicular homicide.

What do you think? Are we going too far in criminalizing accidents?

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