Prius driver knocks off bikers, gets tiny fine

From the land of the (getting off scot) free

Posted: 25 May 2012
by Visordown News

What the scene could have looked like. Possibly.

A CALIFORNIAN Toyota Prius driver has been fined $20 for knocking off a biker while using his smartphone to record video.

The 19-year old Prius driver got his phone out to film some bikers who were passing him in the outside lane. Distracted by the phone, he veered into the other lane, hitting one of the bikers

His car then crashed into a dividing wall and another motorcyclist before coming to a stop. Some bikers in the group went over to the crashed car and started beating up the driver, witnesses have said.

The result? The Prius driver will be cited for distracted driving under California's prohibition on using 
handheld phones while driving, which comes with a $20 fine for a first violation and a $50 fine for subsequent convictions.

As for the Prius driver's beating, the bikers responsible could be charged with battery -- the intentional use of force against another person. If convicted, battery is punishable by up to six months in 
jail and a $2,000 fine in California.

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God Bless America! Not too different over here though, is it?

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:28

I'm sorry but he deserved it. The problem with drivers and their smart phones over here in CA is absolutely ridiculous.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 17:15

CA....wossat? If it's the USA they're in the process of losing all freedoms right now. For freedom, move to a Scandinavian country.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 18:21

I thought Prius drivers had enough BATTERY in the bleeding car! Bikers should have taken the battery out and dropped it on his head!

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:55

A 19 year old driving a Prius, must have stole it!

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 16:15

The prius driver deserved the beating, he's lucky he didn't kill himself or anyone else in the mean time. Maybe he learned a good lesson. That's a young driver for ya, no wonder our insurance is up! His ass should of got a huge fine..

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 00:15

Was test rdng friends Harley after i got it rinning yesterday...I had young girl pull out indent me,she never seen me,got skng side her and she was texting-I got her attention-think she was "woken" up after!!! I maybe should taken one and smashed it?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 00:34

I don't think anyone beat him up, he was injured in the accident.

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 05:00

Distracted driving!

I don't consider that distracted it was a deliberate act to film the bikers. Distracted to me means a wasp has just stung you. Can't condone the beating although I can understand it.

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:16

Well lets not rush to judge. Seems like plenty of arseholes to go around in this case. A group of bikers passing in the "outside" (perhaps non-passing outside?) lane then beating him up seem like they might've been thugs.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 16:22

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