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You have reached this website based upon changing the laws regarding Distracted Driving in California specifically, but in the United States and all of it’s states and territories as well. 

 

Why is this necessary?


On Dec. 1, 2010, Calli Ann Murray (DOB 12/25/2007) was killed while holding her mothers hand and crossing the roadway in a marked crosswalk in Rohnert Park, California.  Her mother, Ling Murray, was critically injured with 2 broken legs, a fractured pelvis, and a compound fracture of her left arm.  The driver was an 18 year old college student from Sonoma State University who was texting and not paying any attention to the road in front of her. Instead she had her eyes inside the vehicle reading a lengthy text message, and never saw these two beautiful people until she had hit them, and heard the thud - at that point she stopped and remained at the scene.

Eventually the driver was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, and found guilty by Judge DeMeo in the Superior Court in Santa Rosa, CA.  She received a sentence of only 5 days in jail, and 115 days of home confinement. Three (3) years on monitored probation, 200 hours of community service speaking to those who can change their driving habits with Restorative Justice, loss of her drivers license for 1 year, and no cell phone in a vehicle for 3 years.

Was this right?

What should it have been, and what can you do to fix this situation?  Read on...

We are a family that was devastated with the loss of our granddaughter, and the injuries to our daughter-in-law.  The laws that were in place prior to this accident did not address this case, and there were no specific codes to cover an injury to a person by a texting driver with injuries.  The California District Attorney’s Association has taken a challenge to change this in the 2012 Legislative session in California.  Every state needs to review the laws and ask them, if this happens, what will be the consequences for distracted driving?


Recent News

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Administration provided grants to California and Delaware to start enforcement campaigns aimed at stopping texting and handheld use of cell phones by law enforcement.

California’s campaign starts in December in Sacramento and 8 surrounding counties, and Delaware’s statewide campaign starts in September.

Calli Ann Murray

12-25-2007 ~ 12/1/2010

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