Friday, September 27, 2013

Don't forget to Move Over!

Driver slams into Franklin police cruiser on traffic stop

Conference highlights the dangers of molly, the club drug blamed for the death of an Abingdon scholar - News

Conference highlights the dangers of molly, the club drug blamed for the death of an Abingdon scholar - News

Vehicular Homicide Sentence in Chattanooga

The Chattanoogan ran the following story after a 4 1/2 hour sentencing hearing:

Massey Must Serve 8-Year Sentence For Traffic Death Of Tracy O'Neal

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
John Westin Massey
John Westin Massey
A man whose car crossed the centerline on Middle Valley Road and killed the driver of another vehicle in August 2012 was led away Monday night to begin serving an eight-year prison sentence.
John Westin Massey, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI in the death of 46-year-old Tracy O'Neal. It was agreed at the time that the sentence would be eight years.
During a four and a half-hour hearing, Massey's attorney argued that he should serve 11 months and 29 days, then be on probation for the rest of the term.
DUI Prosecutor Kate Lavery urged that he serve the full sentence in the state prison.
Massey was taken into custody after Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman decided that he should serve the full sentence.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Impaired Drivers Kill More than themselves

More than a third of the people killed when an alcohol-impaired-driver crashes are not the impaired drivers.
In 2011, 9,878 people lost their lives because of drunk driving. These people make up one-third (31%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States. The total number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes has fallen, but the proportion of those fatalities that are from drunk-driving crashes has remained the same for the past 10 years.
Our attitudes on impaired driving have changed but we still have room for improvement. Forty years ago in a roadside survey of drivers, almost 1 in 12 (8%) were driving drunk. The most recent data (2007) from the same survey shows that rate is down to 1 in 50 (2%), which is good progress. Those impaired drivers still claim the lives of nearly 10,000 people a year – and one-third are their passengers, occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Drunk drivers cost our economy nearly $60 billion a year (Economic Impact of Crashes 2000).
These are preventable crashes, easily within our control by making better decisions as drivers, passengers, and friends.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Former Memphis officer convicted

Alex Beard was fired from his job as a Memphis police officer after he killed two people from north Mississippi in a high speed crash. Police records show Beard was driving 94 miles per hour on a Memphis street in his squad car, without his sirens or lights in operation, seconds before striking another car. He will serve 6 months in jail as part of a 6 year sentence.

Vehicular Homicide guilty plea in Houston County

The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle repots that:

Sherry Lynch, 33, of 25 East Tree St., Tennessee Ridge, entered guilty pleas on Tuesday to a charge of vehicular homicide while the driver was intoxicated and to vehicular assault.
Around 11 p.m. on March 11, 2012, Lynch was driving a 2010 Ford Mustang that ran off Highway 13 North near Highway 46 and overturned three or four times, ejecting the passengers, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Seay said at the time.
Alicia Brewer, 25, of Clarksville, was killed in the wreck, and Tonya Tyler, of Palmyra, was severely injured.

Lynch recieved an 8 year sentence. The Court will decide at a hearing in January whether she serves her sentence in prison, jail or on the street.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Drag Racer gets probation for vehicular homicide

A 28 year old Winfield man, George King, has pled guilty and recieved five years probation for killing a forty nine year old man as the result of a drag race. The five years of probation are to be of the unsupervised variety.
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Drag Racing on a highway is always a recipe for diseaster.

Some people should not even try for probation!

Read in the Knoxville News Journal about a guy who killed one man and injured his wife, while driving like an idiot. He was put on probation for four years. He drove like an idiot again passing a truck in a no-passing zone. He was speeding along at 100 mph and nearly killed an oncoming officer.
 If the rule of probation is to stop driving like an idiot and it is too much of a rule to follow, just spend your time in prison.  Read it at:
Andrew Samuel Foust