Chief Deputy Prosecutor Timothy Barker talked about distracted driving on national panel recently; thinks more education needs to be done for repeat offenders

Distracted driving has been a hot issue, and Timothy Barker, chief deputy prosecutor with the York County District Attorney’s Office,  served on a national expert panel a few months ago to talk about the problem.

Officials talked about all sorts of distraction — from food to makeup to cell phones, according to a transcript on the National Transportation Safety Board‘s web site.

Barker, a prosecutor fellow for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators for 2011/2012, talked about prosecuting distracted drivers.

He shared the Joanna Seibert case as an example. She was speeding, tailgating, applying makeup and using her cell phone when she went through an accident reconstruction zone on Route 15 and killed Northern York County Regional Police Officer David Tome.

Barker explained to the panel that one of the problems he sees with the current laws is that drivers receive a citation and pay a fine. Some drivers are repeat offenders, and he believes that something needs to be done to help educate and prevent such dangerous driving, according to the transcript. You can get to the transcript by clicking here.

In talking about driving under the influence cases last month, Barker said he has found that many of the defendants have had dangerous driving records, such as speeding and passing a school bus.

What do you think? Is a fine enough? Should drivers face more than a fine if they have multiple violations?

 

 

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One Response to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Timothy Barker talked about distracted driving on national panel recently; thinks more education needs to be done for repeat offenders

  1. Jo Ott says:

    Watched the new Cadillac tv commercial a few minutes ago. GM is extremely proud of that large screen in the dash and all the device allows the driver to do. It’s the equivalent of a computer. It just doesn’t make sense that such distractions are installed in vehicles and are operational when the car is in motion.

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