Friday, March 16, 2012

Brochu's Law



Emy Brochu will be a name forever associated with Don't Text and Drive. Compelling and disturbing is the saga of her death by auto. The Canadian slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer, which had slowed for a merge. The incident occurred in Victoriaville, Quebec. At the time of her mishap, the young woman was texting her boyfriend, Mathieu Fortin. Her last message was...

 "I love you too and I will do all I can to make you happy.”

The echo of that message has resounded the world. Texting and more broadly cell phoning, while operating motor vehicles, have become part of life. Indeed, the technology of the cell phone, er - computer, is amazing. Unfortunately, as of now, a person's attention capacity is limited, so that it is impossible to safely drive a vehicle and to use a cellular device. The analogy of alcohol and motoring is apropos.

Mr. Fortin has created a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/notes/mathieu-fortin/partagez-si-%C3%A7a-vous-touche-je-taime-emy-xoxo/10150604046566279 memorializing both the tragedy and beauty of Ms. Brochu. Certainly such a creation is part and parcel of the modern way to communicate and to express feelings and impressions.

January 18, my girlfriend Emy Brochu died tragically in a car accident. The police investigation has shown that cell phone use while driving was the cause of the accident. This conclusion was a shock because during the tragedy, I was having a conversation with her by text. I have attached our latest texts for awareness and asks you to think twice before texting and driving.




Here in the USA...
  • 9 states, D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. 
  • No state bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers
  • 35 states, D.C. and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. 32 states, D.C., and Guam have primary enforcement; the others, secondary. http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html

No joking with this entry. No! The tragic end of Emy Brochu must stand for the proposition that there is no text worth a life. NONE!! And so it shall pass that cell phone use of any type will hereby end by persons operating a motor vehicle... And if that does not work, every state (all ten Canadian provinces already have distracted driving laws regarding cell phone usage in place) must pass and ENFORCE their own versions of Brochu's law - NOW.


Adieu


 "I love you too and I will do all I can to make you happy.”

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