Slayer of the DP Newsbot
- Aug 27, 2005
- Reaction score
- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
So, should the penalties for DWT be as severe as those for DWI? If TWD is actually more dangerous than DWI, then should people convicted of TWD go to prison on their third conviction in Texas, just like those convicted of their third DWI do?There has been a lot of discussion and commentary about “texting while driving” and the dangerous involved in this activity. The Syracuse Post Standard notes a Virginia Tech Transportation Instutite Study that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Here is the way I see it. Drunk drivers kill many, and the association of alcohol in those crimes throws an added assumption of immorality into the mix. Lawmakers, of course, capitalize on this, especially in Texas, where convicting someone of DWI is also known as "going medieval" on them.
OK, as someone who is currently on probation for a DWI, I understand. The county that I live in has more deaths of innocent people due to DWI than any other county in the entire nation. Drunk drivers should be taken off the road, and dealt with harshly. I get it. It certainly took my "getting it" to get it, but I get it. LOL.
However, texting while driving is actually causing more deaths in the Houston area than DWI is, and that presents the following conundrum:
Does the fact that no alcohol was present in accidents caused by TWD somehow mitigate the damage, injuries, or deaths caused by those who commit it? Is the fact that alcohol is demonized by many an excuse to give those who text while driving a lesser sentence? I don't believe so. There should never be favoritism under the law, and that includes playing favorites with TWD'ers, who do at least as much damage as those who commit DWI. There should be one standard for all. If DWI is the serious crime that it is (And I believe that it is), then those who text while driving should be held to the exact same standard of behavior. Period. There is no excuse to do it any other way.
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