Negligent Driving — Speeding is Not Enough
RESULT | Not Guilty at Trial
A woman was charged with negligent driving after speeding and driving over the lane marker. The prosecution argued that alcohol had caused the driver to drive in a negligent manner. Cross-examination of the police officer revealed that the road the woman was stopped on was a “speed trap” that had a very low speed limit for a seven-lane road. The defense called witnesses who established that the driver was receiving a shocking piece of news from a passenger just as the “bad driving” occurred. The jury concluded that the driver was momentarily distracted but not driving negligently and found the woman not guilty.