Motorcyclists Rally for Tougher Penalties – Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®
On June 25, about forty motorcyclists rallied outside the Forsyth County Courthouse. The motorcyclists were petitioning for increased motorist awareness of motorcycles and tougher penalties in car wrecks where distracted driving is an issue.
Dawson County Wingman is a motorcycle club with twenty-five chapters nationwide. The organization and its president, D.J. Wight, want the last 2-5 minutes of phone records for anyone involved in a car accident where there is a fatality involved. “We want to see if they were texting or talking right before the accident,” Wight said. “If it can be proven they were on the phone, the incident would be a felony.”
Currently, in most cases, vehicular manslaughter is a misdemeanor charge carrying a maximum $1,000 fine and one year probation.
Senator Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, has not committed to any legislation, but has agreed to review the information to see if the matter warrants further action.
The motorcyclists were spurred to action after the death of fellow motorcyclist, Sydney Paul Agent, Jr., in September. Agent, 45, of Dahlonega, was riding a motorcycle on Highway 53 near the Forsyth-Hall county line when he was struck by a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Jimmy Darrell Barnett, Jr. of Murrayville.
On June 25, Barnett pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide, and was sentenced to twelve months of probation, a $1,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and a defensive driving course. The judge also ordered Barnett to pay $250 toward college expenses for Agent’s 19-year-old daughter who has been left without a father or a provider as a result of the accident.
Texting while operating a motor vehicle can increase your risk of having an accident by twenty-three times. To help all drivers realize the dangers of distracted driving, Motorcycle Attorney, Russ Brown has spearheading a campaign to raise awareness. He has launched the “Keep Me Alive, Don’t Text and Drive®” campaign with the goal of reducing the number of distracted driving accidents that happen every year.
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