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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:12:50 AM

In a landmark case this month, Aaron Deveau, 18, became the first driver in Massachusetts to be found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by texting. He was sentenced to two years in prison and loss of his license for 15 years.

Prosecutors said Deveau, who pleaded not guilty, was texting when his vehicle swerved across the center line of a Haverhill street and crashed head on into Donald Bowley's truck on Feb. 20, 2011. The crash killed Mr. Bowley, a 55-year-old father of three.

Deveau's attention was focused not on the road in front of him but on a text message, one of 193 texts he sent the day of the crash. One moment of inattention was all it took to kill Mr. Bowley and also cause severe injury to the deceased's passenger...

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agrico
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 8:57:20 PM

tough lesson - maybe we will take heed
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angieoke
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 11:58:27 AM

This is the value of a life? Two years in prison and 15 years with no license? How very sad!
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JCClark2012
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 9:27:37 AM

Loss of life equals fifteen years suspension of license and a two year jail term. Ridiculous!
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priver
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 8:15:49 PM

not good, and to think the technology is there to send text with voice activation....
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gasfrugal
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 2:11:26 PM

Whether laws help or not, NY State law is now $150 and 5 pts on your license (plus court surcharge(s)) for first offense, which will cost much more for insurance than the fine!
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jannh55
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:17:40 PM

A GIRL IN HER 20'S I WORK WITH ALSO KILLED A MILITARY WOMAN BECAUSE OF TEXTING, SHE HASN'T GONE TO TRIAL YET. IT HASN'T STOPPED HER FROM TEXTING ALL THE TIME.
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:58:47 PM

I do not think 2 years is enough.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 9:47:40 PM

An accident that could have easily been avoided.
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 10:16:47 AM

Two years for a life. Not a good trade.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:45:12 PM

many states ban it but what is to really stop anyone but common sense. sad when mistakes made by most have such terrible consequences
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:48:40 AM

texting while driving is very unsafe and should be outlawed.
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:59:51 PM

I don't know what could be done. Texting in excess is a result of OCB and mental diseases don't respond well to laws.
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dockersbin
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 9:35:20 PM

how many people die before something is actually done about this!
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SanchoNY
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 3:15:04 PM

He didnt get nearly enough.
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CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:00:37 PM

Hang 'em high
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 1:26:12 AM

Remember when distractions were just popping in an 8 track tape or changing the channel on your CB radio?
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skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 12:18:46 AM

texting while driving is very dangerous!!!!
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2012 11:45:10 AM

Not good to text and drive.

Could cause serious problems!
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driveonby1
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2012 2:23:59 PM

Good. But, maybe if the taxpayers had paid him to not text while driving, we wouldn't have to be reading about this.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 9:17:59 AM

good make it stick
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 9:14:14 AM

At least he will have plenty of time to continue texting... write about what it is like to be in jail; all your friends on FACEBOOK will want to know.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:39:10 AM

"I think we can take an educated guess that they're not pleased with the brevity of the prison sentence" think before you write!
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:54:44 AM

it'll wait.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 12:47:51 PM

good
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 2:38:50 PM

I have learned to ignore my phone when I drive. It's just not all that hard to pull over and do this. Most of that "phone traffic" is just trivial crap. ...but all the drivers can be mortally affected by your decision that you are exceptional and can text and drive. Even those talking on the phone are a danger.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 8:44:44 PM

about time to get hard on them
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:15:11 PM

The penalty needs to be harsh to discorouge others
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jlf599
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2012 11:51:33 AM

Interesting. Losing your license for 15 years does seem harsh, though...as noted by another, more than DUI crashes.
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2012 9:03:33 AM

My mom was just checking her phone to see if ai needed her to watch my son that day and did not see that the truck in front of her had stopped. It took out the front of her car, the lights and dented the hood, but the truck only lost the bumper she hit which they put back on. This was her first accident that was her fault and she is now 56 and wopn't do that again!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:21:38 AM

good
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2012 1:56:08 PM

Too many things to distract drivers now.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2012 11:13:15 PM

I can't stand to see others texting buttt... for a first time offence seems just a bit stiff. I've seen DUI get of with a lot less and IMHO thats the same as texting. 2 years in prison?
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 6:09:09 PM

Hopefully its a lesson learned
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 11:40:43 AM

k
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 10:20:02 AM

we need to learn from this
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 9:53:21 AM

Reading this makes you think about this app... I am NOT driving right now but the GASBUDDY APP does indirectly promote updating prices while driving ... Something to think about ... Maybe they should put out a survey to see how many people update this app while driving as well as other phone features ...
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sneadmd
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 9:49:58 AM

Think he should have Gotten more like 30 years
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 10:59:23 PM

Well, I am very sad for the children of Mr. Bowley. You can not bring him back. I am for a harsh message to be sent regarding this kind of thing. Too many people do not think when they get behind the wheel. My father taught me many years ago, getting behind the wheel of a car is like holding a loaded gun. This young man was irresponsible and killed someone. A strong message must be sent to help other connect on the seriousness of this kind of thing that can and will happen, unless strong measures are taken!
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 9:38:22 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:38:14 PM

good
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 9:11:11 AM

now if everybody else takes a lesson from this thats good
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 6:49:47 AM

Hmmmmm - Gregg Laskoski conveniently left out WHEN the conviction ame down - this news was ALREADY posted quite a while agio...
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 5:49:19 AM

He should have gotten LIFE in prison.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:49:22 AM

A light sentence for a reckless death.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:07:07 AM

Old news! At the time they couldn't prove that he was texting at the time of the crash, just 90 seconds before. But that was enough to put some jail time on him.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:49:04 AM

Nothing more than a slap on the wrist for taking a life and ripping a family apart. This isn't justice.

The "book" needs to be thrown at distracted drivers who cause major accidents. This is the only way to send a crystal clear message to others who might do the same.


[Edited by: GT3186 at 6/22/2012 12:50:32 AM EST]
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:27:39 AM

That should set an example why one shouldn't text while they're driving amongst other things not to do while driving.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:16:58 AM

Something very concrete should be done about texting. I've seen drivers put on make-up, shave, talk on cell phone while driving. None of these actions keep your mind on the road.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:15:31 AM

To me no different on a drunk driver or texting neither really aware of the road!!
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:10:02 AM

Is he going to support the victim's family?
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