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.
Anthony's life and everyone's life is worth much more than a text or a glance at Facebook.
I'm signing because like Anthony and his family, we lost our 22 year old son in October 2008 to a distracted driver, although the teenage driver admitted to seeing him she still proceeded through the light and to this day we will never know the full details of her "distraction" because there was no law then in place to disclose this information. As parents who lost their child we agree completely a law should have been passed long ago on this matter, how many children need to be lost before someone recognizes this as a serious problem? The roads in Florida are already very dangerous and adding a distraction to it while driving is a recipe for loss of life. I'm pretty sure Anthony's parents probably had talks with their son regarding this matter before their loss as we did as responsible parents did with our son. Keep in mind it is not just other young drivers who are distracted by texting, talking on their phone or other forms of distractions it includes adults that should certainly know better but still engage in such conduct. Please pass the law making it a crime for such actions so no more families have to lose a loved one at the hands of a distracted driver on the Florida roads (also this should be country wide in all 50 states by now)
I'm signing because Anthony was my hero and still is.
Anthony Branca's death was preventable. Texting and driving should be illegal in every state, including Florida. Please, pass legislature in Florida making texting while driving a primary offense. Save lives!