PIX11's Kerry Drew was live at the Somerset County Medical Center, which is a major partner in the "Put It Down" campaign.
We first spoke to Dr. Dennis McGill, medical director of the Emergency Department, about the number of accicents due to distracted driving, the types of injuries they see as a result of distracted driving and the road to recovery.
David and Linda Kubert also shared their story about being hit by a distracted driver while riding on they were on their motorcycle. The Kuberts both lost their left legs and explained to us how their lives have changed since the accident. The young driver got away with a fine and the Kuberts have since become advocates of stricter distracted driving legislation.
Finally, John Guslavage and State Senator Lesniak spoke to us about texting while driving. John's mother-in-law was killed by a driver who was texting. Guslavage testified before the State Legislature and he and his wife are also trying to get legislation passed to toughen the laws on distracted driving.
John is working with Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assembywoman Annette Quijano on a bill that would impose harsher sentences on individuals who kill or maim others as a result of distracted driving incidents.
To learn more about the "Put It Down" initiative, go online to www.stoptextingnow.org and www.turnthephoneoff.com.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE "PUT IT DOWN" PLEDGE