Each year, over 3,000 lives are lost due to distracted driving. April marks the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month; a time to remind ourselves and those we love that checking emails and replying to texts while driving puts everyone on the road in harm’s way.
Jill Biddle knows all too well the dangers of distracted driving. Her 17-year-old daughter, Maria Droesch, was killed in a tragic car crash after veering into oncoming traffic while texting and driving. Her last text was to her mother about making plans with friends, but it was never sent.
Biddle now uses her daughter’s wrecked car at local schools and other highly visible places to let people know that driving distracted – even for just a few seconds – can be a life-altering decision. The car was recently parked at the Statehouse to help encourage Hoosiers to put their phones away while driving.
Indiana has a statewide ban on texting for all drivers and prohibits drivers under 18 years of age from using handheld and hands-free cellular devices except to dial 911. Despite these laws, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration found that 10 percent of teens involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash. Let’s work together to keep our roads safe. Please think twice before putting yourself and others in danger by texting and driving.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold
House District 74