UCO Accident Victim Featured In Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign
OKLAHOMA CITY - A national campaign to stop people from driving while distracted features a UCO student who died in a car accident in 2006. Now the girl's mother is working to change distracted driving laws across the country.
Brittanie Montgomery was on her cell phone when she lost control, crossed four lanes of traffic and crashed. Her mother, Gina Harris, believes the cause of her daughter's death was the cell phone which stopped her from paying attention.
"Your eyes need to be on the road while driving. If your eyes are looking up and down and you are doing 60 miles an hour and your eyes are on your phone for a few seconds just think how far you've driven for that two seconds and what can happen that quick," Harris said.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is using Montgomery's story as a part of its ``Faces of Distracted Driving'' Campaign.
Now Harris dedicates her life to lobbying to change laws nationally.
"I just know if there was law out there that said ‘Hey, don't do this. It's wrong,' she wouldn't have done it. Most people are like that and they follow the laws and the rules of the land." she said.
In 2010, more than 3,000 people died in crashes related to distracted driving. To learn more about the campaign visit Faces of Distracted Driving on YouTube.