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Group wants harsher penalty for distracted driving

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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2012

lawmakers to bump-up the punishment for distracted drivers if they seriously hurt or kill someone. so far... the measure is not on this month's legislative agenda.... but one man whose wife was killed by a careless driver says it should be. eddie garcia is live at coors and central with the story. that man is having to raise 4 children on his own - all because he says a careless driver couldn't wait a few seconds to look for his phone. it's something that can happen on a busy road like this - or even less traveled roads. phillip reu and his wife heather had their lives on track. 13 years of marriage brought them four adopted children and a lot of joy. She was very loving, caring - she was a great mom. IN JUNE 2009, heather was on her bike training for a triathlon
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10:01 pm near double eagle rport when a driver hit and killed her. police say he got distracted while reaching for his cell phone. My first reaction was how do I tell my kids this information... that was my first thought. reu had this descanso made from heather's bike -- a memorial to his wife and a mother of four. We put that up there as a family with Heather's family as well the kids and I. not far away the duke city wheelmen foundation put up heather's ghost bike. but they say a mere memorial is not enough - too many die from distracted driving. now they're pushing for a new law that strengthens the punishment for people not paying attention behind the wheel. We want accountability, we want people to get the message from the law as well as from education and all the other resources available that careless
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10:02 pm driving is not okay and it can have consequences. ACCORDING TO the law the group wants passed -- careless driving can mean anything from not paying attention to dangerous road conditions - to meing with car electronics - to texting. at the reu household - the music goes on, as does the learning and the growing. even though it's too late for heather, reu wants to spare other parents the pain of carrying on alone. It's such a temptation to do all of those things. We know that it's wrong to do them but we still do them any way so my message would be to pay attention when you're driving because it can destroy someone's life instantly. there is already a state law against wreckless driving - but the group says it's hard to prove. they say this new bill will make it easier to charge careless drivers. eddie, a similar measure died in committee last year. any chance
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10:03 pm it will go anywhere this year? i spoke to a state lawmaker about that - he tells me he agrees distracted driving is a serious problem -- but right now he says the focus needs to be on strengthening d-w-i laws.

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