Posted in: Safety,
by Gregg Laskoski on Nov 20, 2012 05:00 AM
You can't make this stuff up. The facts are sometimes more bizarre than any fiction story Stephen King might conceive.
Earlier this month in Athens,GA Kristin Simmons, a 20-year old Georgia resident, wasn't driving very well. It was 8:40 pm on Nov. 7th when she was driving on the Georgia-10 Loop approaching the Oconee St. exit ramp.
She flipped her 1997 Honda Accord on a curve in the road and was upside down in the vehicle, according to passersby, and the police report from the Athens-Clark County Sheriff's Office. They told police that incredibly, she was still on the phone.
According to Hilda Sorrow from the sheriff's office, she was charged with under-age drinking; driving under the influence; failure to maintain a lane; and distracted driving --talking on her cell phone while driving.
Police said her breath smelled like alcohol and there were prescription pills in her car. Kristin posted the $8,500 bond and got out of jail.
Reckless and stupid is a tough way to go through life. Hopefully this mess will be a wake-up call. All I can say is that I hope whoever bailed out this kid (most likely mom or dad) gets her head straightened out fast.
The only thing she ought to be driving after that incident would be a bicycle... for a long, long time. And as for her cell phone, let mom or dad take a mallet to it. When kids are given vehicles to drive, we've got to be certain they're mature enough to understand the huge responsibility that comes with it.