By WVUA 23 Reporter Emily Moessner and WVUA 23 Web

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Reporter Emily Moessner and WVUA 23 Web Writer Bryant HornApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and a Bibb County family is using this cause to share their story. The Lunsfords, who lost their daughter Camryn in late February, have been active in their community expressing the danger of texting and driving.Camryn, or Cici as her friends called her, was driving home from work on Feb. 22 when she decided to send her friend a “Happy Birthday” text. Seconds later, her vehicle hit a stopped 18-wheeler. The wreck killed her instantly.“All I want to do is make sure that no other parent goes through the devastating loss of losing a child to distracted driving,” said Cici’s mother Michelle Lunsford.Family members, classmates and members of the community who came to the event all signed a pledge saying they’ll put the phone down before getting in the driver’s seat.The pledge reads:“Starting today, I will be dedicated to driving without distractions. I am making a commitment to not use my phone while I am in the driver’s seat. I will ask my friends and other drivers I know to make the same commitment. I pledge to make a difference.” Nearly 200 young drivers were in attendance and signed the pledge.“We told them don’t sign it unless you take it seriously,” said Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade. “This is a commitment, a promise that you won’t drive distracted. They all walked up there and put it in the basket and it was amazing.”Wade said preventing distracted driving can be as easy as setting your phone on “do not disturb” mode before getting behind the wheel.last_img

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