By Garth O'Brien | March 2, 2008
Filed Under OFF TOPIC
Spokane, Washington. Everyone understands and is against driving under the influence of intoxicants or drugs. However, there is a substantial majority of citizens that would fight for their “right” to use their cell phone while driving.
Shame on them. Studies have proven that driving while using a cell phone can be deadly and in some instances the driver is more impaired than if they were driving at a 0.08 blood alcohol level.
I bet Clifford Helm, 58, of Deer Park now understands the dangers of driving while on a cell phone. Mr. Helm is in Spokane County Superior Court for trial facing five counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Typically, a veh hom or veh assault charge involves the defendant being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is not the case with Mr. Helm.
On November 1, 2007 Mr. Helm was allegedly on his cell when he drove onto the median then into oncoming traffic of U.S. Highway 395. This debacle ended with Mr. Helm plowing into a vehicle head on. Mr. Helm is responsible for killing five children ranging in age from 2 to 12, and injuring their father.
There was no evidence that Mr. Helm consumed any drugs or alcohol. He was merely chatting away on his cell phone. Now do you want to fight for your “right” to talk on the cell phone while driving? Now do you think driving while talking on a cell phone is safe?
Photograph by Ian Britton as found on FreeFoto.com.