Mom of Teen Killed by Distracted Driver: Walk a Day in My Shoes

Georgia's New Distracted Driving "Hands Free" Law Goes into Effect Today

Mom of teen killed by distracted driver tells WLTZ Georgia’s new Hands Free Law has been six years coming for her family.

Tammy Berryhill tells First News exclusively they are grateful for the State’s new Hands Free law but in reality her family lives with a daily reminder of distracted driving and the deadly consequences.

“And you’re 23 times more likely to be in an accident if you are texting and driving…”, Berryhill said.

Tammy Berryhill casually rattles off statistics, hard facts about distracted driving.

Something she, like many of us didn’t give a lot of thought.

“Until her passing, I really didn’t think about it. I thought you know I’m an adult I can multitask. I’m use to multitasking,” Berryhill said.

But for the past six years now her plight is to put a face on the numbers.

The face is that of her own daughter , Morgan Berryhill who was just 19 years old with a promising future when she was killed instantly in a head on collision on Double Churches Road.

The other driver reportedly distracted driving and lost two of her own children in the crash.

“It really took Morgan‘s death to make me stop and to really make me realize that you know what I was doing was deadly,” Morgan Berryhill’s mom said.

Now she spends her time spreading awareness.

“If people could walk a day in my shoes they would feel differently . Just one day of being here without Morgan they would feel differently. If people could walk one day in the shoes of Law Enforcement and First Responders, they would feel different,” Berryhill said.

Back to the numbers.

Tammy Berryhill says obey the law and there is a hundred percent chance you can avoid her nightmare.

“If you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, the chances of you being in an accident related to distracted driving are almost none,” Berryhill said.

Under the new law drivers can use one button to begin or end a phone call.

Also just reaching for a fallen device when you’re driving is officially against the law here in Georgia.

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