Local Mother Urges Texting And Driving Ban At Statehouse

By Scott Sarvay

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM EST

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A Fort Wayne mother testified before an Indiana House panel Wednesday afternoon to underscore the dangers of texting while driving.

Diveeta Thompson's 18-year-old son Rodney was killed in a 2008 car accident on Dicke Road that was caused by texting.

Thompson testified in favor of a bill that passed out of committee that would make it illegal for any drivers to use a phone to type, transmit or read a text message while driving.

The current ban only applies to drivers up to age 18.

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