121017-texting-and-driving-kb-150p.photoblog600If you live in New Jersey, the texting and driving laws have changed. If you send a text to someone you know is driving and that driver gets into an accident that seriously hurts someone, you could be held responsible.  On Tuesday, the New Jersey Appellate Court made the ruling after  in response to the David and Linda Kubert v. Kyle Best and Shannon Colonna case.

In 2009, David and Linda Kubert were enjoying a motorcycle ride, when 17-year-old Shannon Colonna texted her friend, 18-year-old Kyle Best, causing a crash involving his pick-up truck and their motorcycle. The damage was devastating. David and Linda both lost parts of their legs and sued both Colonna and Best. Although the judges in the case ruled that in this particular incident Colonna was not liable, in future cases, it ruled that the person who sent the texts could be held responsible.

New Jersey’s texting and driving penalties are some of the toughest in the country. Most recently, they’re comparable to drunk driving penalties. Violators can receive fines totaling up to $150,000 and prison time if you cause an accident because of texting.

 

 

What do you think about the new law? Should liability fall on the person sending the text as well as the driver?

  • IslandgirlDesi

    The person who answers the text should be held responsible. Answering a text while driving is stupid, anyone with common sense should know this.

  • http://gravatar.com/kmnelson1976 KMN

    Exactly!! I mean how is the sender supposed to know that the recepient is driving?

    KMN

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    I don’t know how people text and drive. Trying to type words on a keypad which may be small and size, on top of that while attempting to drive is just something I know I couldn’t do.

  • march pisces

    i’m all for texting and driving laws, but this one is over the top.

    if i walk out my house to go to the store only one who knows is the dog next door who saw me get in my car. my friend on the other side of town has no clue. i call bullshiggity on this law…..bullshiggity!

  • CJ

    The person driving is responsible, not the sender. Why can’t you wait until you are in the parking space or walking inside your building to check your texts? Someone I know not only texts, but responds to Facebook posts and Twitter, searches his contacts list, all with his kids in the car. Makes me so mad. When I bought it up, I got a frown and a “I’m a good driver, blah, blah”.

  • IslandgirlDesi

    I guess the sender should get out his/her crystal ball or channel like a Medium to see if that person is driving. lol

  • SAA

    I cannot stand when people text and drive. My boyfriend does this and it drives me up a wall along with playing with his GPS and looking for music on his iPod however he thinks it is no big deal if you’re a “good driver”. In fact, he thinks there should be a portion of the driver’s road test that involves having to text and drive and if you can’t pass that then you should be denied a license because “good drivers should be able to multitask” (his words not mine).

  • Sheena

    I heard about this on my local news this morning. They said that the person texting the driver could only be liable if he/she knew that the person was driving (or it could be proven that they knew the person was driving) at the time they sent the text. Anyways it’s still one of the most stupid things I’ve ever heard. If you are the driver, you are responsible for ignoring your phone while behind the wheel. I don’t care if the person sending you the text knew you were driving or not. People are always looking for someone else to blame for the dumb decisions they make. Take responsibility for your own safety and others!

  • Joann

    But now with this law YOU can be held responsible if you send him a text and he reads it while driving.

  • Marisa

    That’s dumb how is sending someone a text message makes someone culpable, the receiver should already know NOT to answer the stupid phone while driving. The fact people keep doing it and maiming and killing people while being reckless is on them not the text sender. Anyways when we send text messages you can’t assume people know what the other party is doing anyway. If that’s the case then charge these bars/clubs that keep giving drinks to people drunk off their ass who end up killing and maiming others.

  • CommonSense

    Great!!! I think it serves as a deterrent for people who have to look at their phones when driving!!!!!!

  • Ang28

    No one HAS to look at their phone while driving. It’s a choice. They could choose to ignore it until they get to their destination. The deterrent should be knowing that you could her someone or yourself.

  • MommieDearest

    Talk about stupidity and waste of time and taxpayer dollars!!! Good GRIEF!

    Is common sense now extinct? I get texts while I’m driving and guess what? I IGNORE them until I’m parked at my final destination. Seriously folks, it’s not that hard to do.

    *walks of mumbling and shaking my head*

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