Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of driving in the Dogpound. As we all know, there are plenty of distractions when we drive a car. Tuning the radio, changing the temperature, talking to your passenger, yelling at the kids in the back to settle down before you climb back there and separate them, and of course food and drink. However, with modern technology there is a new distraction…talking on cell phones and texting while driving. Texting while driving is illegal in 38 states, but there is a new case before the New Jersey courts that could have major legal ramifications on the person who sent the text to someone while they are behind the wheel. Kyle Best got into a car accident while replying to a text sent by Shannon Colonna, and the lawyer for the prosecution is expanding the resulting complaint to include Colonna. There is no ruling in the country that includes the text-sender but the other side says she should have known Kyle was driving and should not have sent him a text. The lawyer told the courts, “They were texting back and forth like a verbal conversation. She may not have been physically present, but she was electronically present.” The courts have yet to make a decision on whether Colanna should be include in the trial as a defendant, but it does give one pause to think what could happen if she is made party to the accident. This could lead to other claims…for example, you back into a car while waving goodbye to your mother…mom winds up in court with you; or you see your dog in your rear-view mirror chasing your car and you rear-end a car…your dog winds up in court. I think you get the picture. However, help may be on the way for this texting and cell phone issue; legislation is being considered that will make the auto industry put jamming equipment in all cars that will block all signals while the car is in motion. Problem solved..except for mom and your dog…they are still on the hook. LOL
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” Charlie Kaufman
The English language is said to be one of the more difficult to learn because many of our words have more than one meaning and different pronunciations…for example:
As always, be good, play safe, and remember good communication skills are very important.
JR and Max