Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,
I implore you to write to your state and federal representatives to request that they get involved with passing legislation to outlaw distracted driving and to institute consequences similar to those of driving while under the influence. Below is most of the letter I have sent to my representatives and senators. Feel free to become a C.A.S.E worker and Copy And Steal Everything!
Dear _______________,I wish I could share a photo with you so you could see the beautiful smile of my sister, Gayla. That smile, dear sir, was the most amazing amount of sunshine within a gorgeous soul the world could ever imagine. I speak in hyperbole because to understand the depth of the chasm of pain our family, friends and I now suffer, you must first understand the immense joy we had in our lives when Gayla was here.
[PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING SISTER'S DEATH; MAKE THIS PART YOUR OWN]
Distracted driving is the main contributing factor for more than 8,000 automobile accidents EVERY DAY. In 2010, more than 33,000 deaths of the 1 million lives lost in the last 25 years were because of automobile accidents. What else does AAA (triple A) have to say for distracted driving? "Drivers spend more than half their time behind the wheel engaged in distracted behavior. Using a cell phone while driving quadruples your risk of crashing. Eating, smoking, adjusting music or rubbernecking while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, emailing or talking on a cell phone. Passengers are one of the most frequently reported causes of distraction, with young children being four times more distracting than adults and infants being eight times more distracting."The official US Government website for addressing distracted driving can be found at www.distraction.gov, and it states, "Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety."
I cannot encourage you enough, __________________! Don't let distractions get in the way of you driving safely; but also, it is time for Texas to pass legislation outlawing distracted driving, including consequences similar to those of driving while under the influence in these instances. My sister didn't have to die at the age of 38. Gayla was supposed to live to be really old. She was supposed to get to see her niece and nephews grow up and be a part of their lives. Also, no parent should have to outlive their child. It is the cruelest torment to endure. I implore you to get involved with legislature that would help prevent this type of tragedy for some other family.