An 18-year-old woman from Rohnert Park named Kaitlyn Dunaway was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for allegedly running over a 2-year-old girl, according to sfgate.com. Dunaway was distracted by texting when she crashed her vehicle in to Cali Murray and Cali’s mothers as they walked through a cross walk holding hands on December 1st. Cali was killed and her mother was seriously injured. Dunaway has not been arrested, but she has been issued a citation letter to appear Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court. If she is convicted, she could spend as much as a year in county jail. Dunaway is freshman at Sonoma State University and is considered a standout volleyball player who attended Petaluma High School. It is shame that she might have to suffer such heavy consequences for what, on the ground level, looks like such a small thing–the sending of a text.
Texting while driving has been banned because it has become a public health issue. The wireless communications law took effect on January 1, 2009, making it infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Some believe that making texting while driving a felony would be a good way to deter people from doing it. But what about texting while walking? Shouldn’t there be a ban on that as well? According to Ohio State University researchers, pedestrian texting accidents let to more than 1,000 emergency room visits in 2008. CTIA-The Wireless Association reported that Americans sent 1 trillion texts in 2008 and sent 2.1 trillion in 2010. That is a lot of people not paying attention to their surroundings. Whether you are driving and texting, or texting and walking, the message is clear: Texting via any means is hazardous and puts people at risk for injury.
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