I've been sobbing quietly for hours after signing the Change.Org petition and reading the tributes, watching the video, and seeing that gorgeous smile. Such a vibrant, beautiful boy and young man. My heart breaks for the loss of his young life. He was obviously so full of promise. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of the world, and for bringing attention to something that I know I'm guilty of. I will remember him the next time I'm driving and reach for my phone, and I will think of Anthony and my own precious son, and I will wait until I've pulled over or parked.
Florida is definitely the scariest state to drive in. I've driven all over the state on my Harley. People tailgate, dial, talk, text and read the paper, all that at 60-80 mph. Many of them at only 15-20 feet behind me. If I had to brake suddenly I wouldn't have a chance. My chances of surviving would be close too zero.
After seeing the Change.org petition, I wanted to know more about Anthony and the life he had led leading up to the day he was no longer with us. What a child, boy, and man he was. This world is definitely worse off for his absence. The more I read, the more his story touched me. Nothing is so important that it’s worth risking the life of yourself or someone else. Where many would wallow in sadness (completely understandable) you’ve turned it around and tried to get as much of a positive outcome as possible. For that, you should be commended. I have seven children myself and I can’t imagine what losing one would do to our family. Know that Anthony (Bob) Branca is in my thoughts.
My most heartfelt condolences to the family of Anthony. Texting, reading texts and making and answering phone calls while driving, using a hand held device, is dangerous and unconscionable. I live for the day when this selfish practice is banned and enforcement of the ban is speedy and harsh.
Anthony's life and everyone's life is worth much more than a text or a glance at Facebook.