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!
I am signing this because every day that I get behind the wheel to drive, I take a look at my surroundings, and it is truly scary the amount of people that are distracted with their phones while driving. I am afraid to drive in these conditions. And no one appears to be doing anything about it. This needs to stop. Someone's life may be in danger each and every time.
Distracted driving is not bad luck. It is a deliberate choice. Get over to the curb if your message is urgent!
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 can't believe how far behind Florida is! My life is just as important in Florida as it is in California. So, why is it Florida doesn't think so?! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR FLORIDA LAW to reflect the current data that proves that first offense distracted driving laws lower accident rates! Law makers, don't wait until it is your child killed, like my friend, Demetrius, had to suffer. A secondary offense may mean they don't get a ticket or in trouble until they have already killed your child. Let's help our society prevent these tragedies by educating the public and setting up preventative laws!