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.
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.
As a resident of Florida I'm tired of seeing people driving erratically on i-95 & city streets, because they are busy taking selfies, looking down at their phones, or playing games...My newest pet peeve is the dash mounted cell phone with movies or TV playing for the driver to watch as he/she speeds or weaves along through traffic...These actions are no longer the exception to the rule, they are daily occurrences...Stop the madness, the ignorant need to be removed from the road for the safety of careful drivers...
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 know nothing can bring back your beloved son Anthony, but 100% behind you. #Bandana Army. Dear Florida Legislature, Will you stand up for Anthony and other victims of distracted driving by passing laws that protect innocent victims? Everywhere we look, including in automobiles, technology is supreme and people pay closer attention to their phones than they do to people. Let's encourage good driving, by ensuring that people put down their phones while in the car. Thank you and God Bless.