Naples mom leads distracted driving crusade to Tampa
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CREATED Sep. 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 10, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - A southwest Florida mom whose daughter was hit and killed by a distracted driver is part of a new effort to change our state law.
Naples mother Kristin Murphy understands just how dangerous distracted driving is and she's hoping her tragedy will inspire change.
Two years ago, her daughter Chelsea was pregnant with her first child when she was hit and killed by distracted driver while crossing the street in naples. FHP troopers say the driver was on his cell phone.
Now, Kristin Murphy is planning to take part in a summit planned to be held in Tampa in November to raise awareness about those very dangers. The goal is to get lawmakers to act. Right now, there is no ban on cell phone use while driving in our state.
Here's what Murphy had to say when we talked to her a few months ago.
“More needs to be done. More people need to speak out. If people knew who my daughter was. I'd like to speak out at the schools. I'd like to teach the driver ed classes.” Murphy said.
The November summit will include a panel of victims. Federal transportation secretary Ray Lahood has been invited to attend. He has been outspoken about the need for distracted driving laws.