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Distracted Driving

“You could say it was driver inattention,” said Indiana State Trooper N.W. Campbell. “That’s what you would say for anyone else.” The driver in question was Master Trooper Dave Haines, who looked at the computer in his patrol car according to the state police, then drove right through a railroad-crossing gate, and got hit by a train. He wasn’t hurt. Milton Olin Jr. wasn’t so lucky. When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood typed on the computer in his car, the local DA said, he drove into a bicycle lane, and hit the bicycling lawyer; Olin was killed. But since the distraction was part of doing his job, the District Attorney determined, Wood had committed no crime. (AC/Muncie Starr Press, Los Angeles Daily News) ...Is that what you would say for anyone else?
Original Publication Date: 21 September 2014
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