According to a published report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a 25 year old driver who was pulled over for speeding, unsafe driving, and suspicion of drinking and driving has explained that the reason he swerved into the wrong lane on the highway was that he was text messaging.
The driver was traveling in the wrong lane when he approached a Cass County deputy’s squad car on a Minneapolis highway. The driver swerved to avoid hitting the squad car, then took off at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before pulling over.
“This is the kind of traffic event where almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” said Nathan Bowie, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. “Fortunately, the officer was there to make the stop before anything else happened.”
Research shows that driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes. According to a 2006 NHTSA and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the crash. Cell phone use is one of the most common driver distractions.
While Colorado currently has no cell phone driving law enacted, it certainly has very stringent laws in place regarding drunk driving. Those facing charges for a DUI or DWAI in Colorado, face tough penalties that can include heavy fines, license suspension, and even jail time. An experienced DUI lawyer can help minimize those penalties.
Colorado DUI lawyer Timothy Bussey has the experience needed to give you the best chance of minimizing or avoiding your penalties. As a sole practitioner, he will work one-on-one with you in resolving your case, doing whatever is possible to protect your rights. If you have been accused of driving under the influence in Colorado, contact the Law Offices of Timothy Bussey today for a free consultation of your case.