Mother of Distracted Driving Victim Advocates Texting Ban

by Carmen Dellutri on November 29, 2012

Florida car accident textingThe mother of a distracted driving accident victim admits that she was guilty of using her cell phone while driving before the same conduct killed her nineteen-year-old daughter. Now, the tragedy has motivated her to become a vocal advocate for implementing a cell phone ban in Florida.

As Naples News reports, Chelsey Murphy was expecting her first child when she was killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing U.S. 41 in 2010. Police later arrested the driver, Jacques Dampier, 19, who was talking on his phone at the time of the wreck.

Late last month, Chelsey’s mother, Kristin, was one of three parents calling on Florida lawmakers to pass laws addressing distracted driving at the Florida Distracted Driving Summit in Tampa. She has also filmed a PSA for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I'm really focused, not just on Chelsey's story, but getting these legislators to understand — what if that was your child?" Murphy said. "How would you feel if the sheriff or the highway patrol knocked on your door to tell you your child was in an accident, and it was preventable?"

As we have previously discussed on this Florida injury blog, Florida is one of the few states that does not currently ban texting and driving.

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