Driver who killed Vernal teen while texting, driving gets prison time

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  • codger Southwest Utah, UT
    July 2, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    The perpetrator has no "need for attention and to be on a stage". Why would you think that?
    If you observe drivers texting, and your are sure of it, do you get their licence # and call 911? If not, you are not helping.

  • cns St George, Utah
    July 2, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    "up to five years" in prison. He will probably be out in two.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 2, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Let us also take a look and consider that "counseling" and "rehab" programs are not 100 % successful and yet we look to them as solutions. I agree that bad behavior, especially destructive behavior that endangers others, needs to be changed or corrected but to rely solely on social sciences or social services i.e., counseling and rehab programs to alter behavior is foolish.

    I suggest that many criminals go into counseling as a dodge to avoid hard prison time and the success rate reflects it.

    I am in favor of counseling and therapy from behind bars with a reminder that failure will result in a return for the rest of the sentence with no couch time.

    I disagree with the perpetrator's participation in any forum for distracted driving as it will fuel his need for attention and to be on a stage.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 2, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Terrible situation. Good for the driver for being honest.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    July 2, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Sad for everyone involved.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 2, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    The objective of driving a car isn't going from point A to point B. It's driving. It's nice to have a heater, windshield wipers and even a radio a cigarette lighter was thought of being a major distraction. What are people thinking with cell phones. Not.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    July 2, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    You wonder how many innocent lives are going to have be to taken before drivers will stop texting. There have been warnings to drivers that do this and yet they continue to ignore the law. There is no excuse for breaking the law and thinking you are an exception, because you are not. You are taking innocent lives away from families for no reason but your blatant disregard for the law and for life. There needs to be a severe punishment to wake up these drivers who choose to do this anyway.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 2, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    "Driver who killed Vernal teen while texting, driving gets prison time"



  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    July 2, 2013 7:02 a.m.


  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    July 2, 2013 6:39 a.m.

    Texting and driving is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving IMO. I see it all the time. I drive behind someone going slow and weaving, and sure enough I see their head down looking at a cell phone. These are not bad people. The defendant is probably living a personal crisis right now, but we all need to be responsible. We need to understand that our negligence can cost someone their life. None of us want to have that on our conscience, so just don't do it. Condolences to the family. I also feel for the defendant in this case, but action must be taken to show that texting and driving is not acceptable.