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A 21-year-old upstate New York woman has been arrested for texting and driving, New York's WNBC-TV reports, but that's not the whole story.
Here's the clincher, Daisy Cowit is her legal name, and she allegedly drove into a herd of...what? That's right, cows.
Three of the cows she hit were seriously injured and required emergency surgeries, and while the cows themselves aren't able to assert legal action, the state certainly can. Here's a breakdown of the charges that Cowit is now looking to face for her moo-ving violation:
Cowit, who was using her cell phone, plowed her Jeep into six cows on Mountain Road -- nearly hitting two farm workers, WNBC reports. She is now being charged with:
Reminder: Never Text and Drive
On top of her criminal charges, Cowit also faces a number of distracted driving related traffic infractions. Distracted driving is an umbrella category that covers any type of driving where a driver is paying less than full attention to the road (e.g., eating while driving or texting while driving.) These laws will vary by state, but New York has specifically barred both handheld cell phone usage and texting while driving.
Regardless of what one's state laws say when it comes to distracted driving, let Cowit's case serve as a stern reminder to never text and drive. As we now know, the safety of both animals and humans are at stake.
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