At the young age of nineteen, Reggie Shaw killed two men in Utah when he was texting while driving. He stated that he would text all of the time while he drove, in fact almost every time he got behind the wheel. He, as many other people, thought that it was okay to do so and that it would hurt no one. He found out differently that day, for sure!
Shaw had to go to jail for thirty days and then had community service to do after that. So, what is the irony in this story? Well, after being punished for texting while driving, Shaw spoke to the lawmakers in Utah to push for them to pass a much tougher law against texting and driving, which has become one of the toughest laws in the country! Shaw explained that he realized that texting while driving was a very serious problem, a very dangerous thing to do while behind the wheel of a vehicle. His hope was that the law would help prevent other families from losing their loved ones. His goal if for other people not to have to go through what he put the families of the men he killed through.
With the law now in place in Utah, anyone caught texting while driving will face up to fifteen years in prison. The thought is that those who cause fatalities from texting while driving should be punished as severely as someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol. In other words, it will no longer be seen as an accident, like in a case where a driver nods off at the wheel, but will be seen as the driver being reckless instead.
Personally, I am glad to see the law changed. Of course, I prefer traveling using partybuslimotampabay.com anyways, so I can text while riding and not worry about causing an accident.