Push for distracted driving laws


IT DOESN’T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL SUMMER BUT SEVERAL ARE CHANGING THEIR POLICIES.>>TO WATCH OUR DOG>>TO WATCH OUR D — OUR DAUGHTE>>TO WATCH OUR D — OUR DAUGHTR GOING THROUGH THE AGONY, AND LIVING WITH THE PAIN.>>>THE THE MAYOR, THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING ARE ALL TOO REAL. HE LOST HIS GRANDSON IN A DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASH. HE AND OTHERS TELL STEVE JEFFERSON THAT IT’S A LAW THEY’RE PUSHING FOR.>>Reporter: IT’S PICKING UP SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY IN WESTFIELD, WHERE AN ELECTED TOP OFFICIAL CALLED IT PERSONAL, AND HE’S NOT ALONE.>>I DON’T WISH THAT UPON ANYBODY.>>Reporter: HE STILL GRIEVINGS THE DEATH OF HIS 14-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON. KILLED IN A CRASH INVOLVING A DISTRACTED DAUGHTER WHO STRUCK HIS DAUGHTER’S VAN.>>AS GRANDPARENTS TO WATCH OUR DAUGHTER GO THROUGH THE AGONY OF LIVING WITH THIS.>>REPORTER: SO IT’S NO SURPRISE WHEN THE MAYOR RE-TWEETED GOVERNOR HOLCOMB VOWING TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT A HANDS FREE DEVICE DRIVING LAW.>>THEY BECAME ADVOCATES TO FROM THAT DAY ON TO REDUCE DISTRACTED DRIVING EVER SINCE.>>Reporter: HE MADE IT PART OF THE STATE-OF-THE-STATE ADDRESS, WHERE HE RECOGNIZED LAUREN SMITH AND HIS WIFE TINA. A DISTRACTED DRIVER STRUCK THEM FORCING DOCTORS TO AMPUTATE BOTH OF THEIR LEFT LEGS AND THEY TOLD HOLCOMB ITS TIME TO TAKE ACTION.>>TINA AND LAUREN, WE HEAR YOU.>>Reporter: IN 2016, MORE THAN 37,000 FAMILIES LOST LOVED ONES LIKE ZACHARY IN DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASHES. ONE MORE REASON THAT THE MAYOR IS SPEAKING OUT.>>WITH TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY, TOO, HANDS FREE IS AVAILABLE IN SO MANY OF OUR CARS.>>REPORTER: THE MAYOR OF WESTFIELD ISN’T FINISHED. WE HAVEN’T HEARD THE LAST FROM HIM. HE PLANS TO TESTIFY AT THE STATE HOUSE URGING LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL. STEVE JEFFERSON, CHANNEL 13, EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD FOR A QUICK SECOND MAY NOT FEEL THAT DANGEROUS. BUT LOOKING DOWN TO MAKE A CALL

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