A Massachusetts teen is the first person in the state to get jail time for killing another motorist while responding to a text message. Prosecutors in the case said that the 18-year-old sent text messages a minute before the crash.
According to police reports, in February of last year, the teen driver crossed the center line and crashed into a vehicle in the opposite lane. A 55-year-old man was fatally injured and his passenger sustained serious injuries. Phone records indicated that the teen received two text messages before the car accident – one at 2:34 p.m. and a second at 2:35 p.m. The accident occurred at 2:36 p.m.
The driver was found guilty on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He now faces two years in prison and will lose his license for 15 years. He is the first person in Massachusetts to be convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting.
This landmark case not only highlights the dangers of texting while driving, but also demonstrates the serious legal consequences that distracted drivers face. Currently, 39 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning texting while driving.
In Pennsylvania, texting while driving is a primary offense. This allows police officers to pull over any driver suspected of texting while behind the wheel, even if they are not violating any other traffic laws.
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