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Bikers Call for Tougher Penalties in Fatal Forsyth County Car Crashes


Posted on Jul 20, 2013

Motorcyclists seem to be in constant danger on the roads due to their small size and the increase of distracted drivers. For this reason, about 40 motorcyclists assembled at the Forsyth County Courthouse in late June to call attention to motorcycle safety and motorist awareness. 

The bikers who gathered at the courthouse are asking for tougher penalties in Forsyth County car accidents. They are asking for justice for fellow motorcyclist Sidney Paul Agent Jr., 45, of Dahlonega, who was killed by a driver in an SUV on Highway 53 near the Forsyth-Hall county line. 

Although the at-fault driver pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and received 12 months of probation, 100 hours of community service, a defensive driving course, a $1,100 fine, and a $250 payment towards the deceased’s daughter’s college expenses, the group of motorcyclists believe that authorities should look into the driver’s cell phone records.

D.J. Wright, president of the Dawson County Wingman, a motorcycle club with 25 chapters throughout the US, said their organization wants a law in place that would allow the last two to five minutes of cell phone records made available for anyone who was involved in a fatal crash in Georgia. 

The reason this group wants cell phone records available is to see if a driver was texting or talking prior to a fatal accident. “If it can be proved they were on the phone, the incident would be a felony,” said Wright. This would make people think about going to jail before they risked using their cell phones while driving, possibly helping to avoid fatal accidents.

As it stands right now, vehicular manslaughter ia generally a misdemeanor charge that has a one-year probation and $1,000 fine. Senator Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, agreed to review the information, but has not agreed to any legislation as of yet. 

The Law Offices of Shane Smith sends their condolences to the family of the man who lost his life in this motorcycle accident, and we remind everyone to not use a cell phone while driving.

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