Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Maybe he shouldn't try to multitask while driving

From the Associated Press:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge convicted a longshoreman Monday of killing 189 seagulls that were roosting at a marine terminal and fined him the minimum $14,175 — or $75 per bird.

Daniel Gallagher, the president of an International Longshoremen's Union local, was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for a company-owned pickup truck that was totaled when he plowed through the birds and crashed.

Gallagher had previously testified that he was talking on a walkie-talkie and trying to grab a spilling coffee cup when the gulls flew up in front of his windshield in February 2006.
The prosecutor showed a videotape of a 200-foot path of dead Ring-billed Gulls. Perhaps Gallagher needs to focus on just driving and ensuring that his reflexes -- such as his right foot reaching the brake -- are in good working order.

More coverage here and here.

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