Athina Munoz, 28, seemed intent on covering the entire criminal code for reckless driving in Colorado.
Munoz was found to be not just driving drunk when she killed a couple on a highway but texting when she moved into approaching traffic.
Munoz was multitasking in her 1997 Honda Accord when she moved into oncoming traffic and hit and killed Brian Lehner, 58, and Jacquie Lehner, 56, on their motorcycle.
She was found to have three times the legal limit for alcohol and over the 5.0 nanograms per milliliter limit for marijuana at the time of her arrest.
She received 20 years in jail for her crime this week.
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Alcohol and MJ tend to counteract each other. Drinkers tend to speed (invincibility effect), while smokers tend to drive more slowly (stoner effect).
Being a hard-core non-drinker and a non-smoker, I don’t have any experience in this area; but, I remember the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has studies on this. I’ll post a link when I find it.
In any case, whether it is consumption of a ‘legal’ or ‘prohibited’ substance, OTC product, or pharmaceutical, if it affects judgement and motor reflexes, it’s a good idea to stay off the roads and enjoy one’s ‘buzz’.
46 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and US Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. All but 5 have primary enforcement*. Of 4 states without an all driver texting ban, 2 prohibit text messaging by novice drivers, 1 restricts school bus drivers from texting.
*A primary law means that an officer can ticket the driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place. A secondary law means an officer can only issue a ticket if a driver has been pulled over for another violation (like speeding).”
Darren’s correct. This sh!tbird almost certainly has prior convictions if she got a 20 year sentence.
Was she charged with Texting While Driving? TWD is the most onerous crime in America and is not even illegal. What states outlaw TWD? Anyone know? I don’t.
I don’t know specifically about texting, but I am pretty sure the District of Columbia regulates using a hand held phone while driving. My recollection is that a speaker phone or an ear bud and mike that the user does not have to hold are OK. Google indicates Maryland prohibits texting while driving.
The problem with this kind of regulation is that some studies suggest that talking on the phone is the distraction – it does not matter whether the phone is held or not. Getting the phone out of the drivers hand may seem like a solution – but maybe not.
The difference is that you can still watch the road while talking. Texting generally requires that you look at the phone rather than where you are going.
Somehow it’s not enough. Two counts of first degree manslaughter should put her away for at least 40 years, 30 years before parole. She’ll be out and partying in no time.
“She was found to have three times the legal limit for alcohol and over the 5.0 nanograms per milliliter limit for marijuana at the time of her arrest.”
Does anyone know how long it takes to process marijuana out of the blood? If her blood level was approximately 5.0 nanograms per milliliter at the time of the accident, is there a way to calculate how recently she ingested marijuana?
Is a level of 5 ng per ml of blood indicative of impairment?
They walk and drive among us.
So what part of the sentence was related to texting?
Actually twenty years is a large sentence for a DUI related vehicular homicide. I suspect this is not her first criminal traffic or DUI conviction.
It wouldn’t be in Virginia…
I blame it on the pot. Colorado should expect a lot more of this since they decided to give in to their dope fiends.
What part of “three times the legal limit for alcohol” did you not understand? Pretty both substances + the texting were the cause of the accident.
The alcohol makes the pot worse, and hence you have more drunken driving with the pot added to the booze:
Like I said, get ready for more accidents like this one. There is a reason why drugs were banned, but unfortunately the dope fiends have had their way on this one.
Inexcusable! She’s lucky she only got 20 years. She’ll still have a life to live when she gets out, but her victims never will.
I blame it all on the 1997 Honda Accord.
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