Danny Baker recently filed a lawsuit against Officers Michael Stowe and Officer Brunnell for breaking his prosthetic arm during an arrest.
In August of 2013, Baker was stopped by Officer Stowe outside Heber City because his car had a cracked windshield. After stopping the car, the officer checked the license on the computer and claimed that Baker’s Colorado license was not valid. The plaintiff explained that his Utah license had expired in 1998, and that he now possessed a Colorado license, but the officer insisted that it was invalid.

Officer Stowe made a clear mistake
The officer then forced him out of the car and asked Baker to put his arms behind his back, which the plaintiff could not do as he had a prosthetic arm. Even after he told the officers of the same, Officer Stowe forced his arms behind his back after grabbing them. The force at which he turned the arm, caused the prosthetic to break, Baker said.
He was kept several hours until he was released on bail, during which time the police did not do anything to address the broken arm or the pain Baker was suffering from, according to the lawsuit. Baker is suing the officers for $1.5 million in damages. Many people believe that is too much but certainly the police have to answer for something.
Baker attained the prosthetic arm in the 1970s after a construction accident and is required to visit Utah regularly for medical reasons. He said that he was driving slowly when he was stopped by the defendants.
Accident attorney Heideman showed the prosecution videotapes of the arrest and the abuse, according to Baker, after which charges against him were dismissed.
Committee clears bill that enables police to pull over drivers for not wearing seat belt
HB79, a bill that would enable police to pull over drivers without a seat belt, has moved on to the House after it was cleared by the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committee. Seven of the nine committee members voted for the legislation.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, a Utah Highway Patrolman who has sponsored HB79, said that it was not a secondary law, but would become a reason to stop drivers. A fine of $45 would be levied on the drivers, and refunded if they took a short course on benefits of using seat belts, according to Salt Lake City accident attorneys.
Two bills on texting while driving compete in Utah legislature
Two competing bills on making texting while driving illegal are being considered by the Utah State Legislature. Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, sponsored the bill that made texting while driving illegal, which was passed last year. He is striving to make the distracted driving law stricter with the hands free bill, which is supported by Leslee Henson.
Henson lost her husband Dave in 2013 in an accident that was caused by a driver who was using his cell phone while driving. She has since then worked on pushing the bill to make texting illegal while driving. But the other bill sponsored by Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, would allow drivers to receive or make a phone call, listen to their voice messages (if any), and listen to music. This would counter all the work she has done to make distracted driving illegal, according to Henson.
Texting while driving certainly does not make any sense and is certainly a clear distraction.

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