Drivers who send or read text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers.

Jill Biddle of Kirklin learned firsthand the deadly consequences of distracted driving. Biddle lost her daughter, Maria Droesch, at age 17 in a tragic car crash. Maria veered into oncoming traffic while texting and driving. Biddle now uses her daughter’s wrecked car to send a message about driving while distracted.

“We bring this car all over the state to show people what texting and driving can lead to,” Biddle said. “If we can help save just one life, then we have accomplished our goal.”

State representatives joined Biddle at the Statehouse to show support for her efforts to bring awareness to the issue and urge motorists to use hands-free devices while driving.

“Texting and driving remains a significant problem, and we have to do more to educate our friends and families about its dangers,” said State Rep. Milo Smith of Columbus.

Currently, Indiana has a statewide texting while driving ban for all drivers, and prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using handheld and hands-free cellular devices except to dial 911. Despite these laws, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration found 10 percent of teens involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash.

April marks the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month dedicated to bringing awareness to the serious issue of distracted driving.

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