Local woman hopeful for texting ban after niece's death

Published: Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - When it comes to the consequences of texting and driving, Goose Creek resident Myra Walz is unfortunately knowledgeable.  Her niece, Sabrina "Bree" Wilson, 31, was killed while texting along a Wyoming Highway last year.

"It was very hard and had a big impact on all of us," Walz says.

Walz says she is most hopeful for a statewide ban, but is encouraged that Charleston City Council will consider amending their code to ban texting, emailing, typing or reading on cell phones while driving within city limits.

Since Wilson's death, Walz and her family have campaigned against texting and driving.  They started Facebook page "The Bree Promise," which urges against the practice.  Currently, more than 18,000 people are members of the page.

Walz says she has also sent letters to 140 lawmakers across the state, asking them to consider legislation banning texting while driving.  She says she received three letters in return.

"Texting and driving is like playing Russian Roulette," she says.  "You may be able to get away with it the first time or the second time but eventually, you will have an accident and possibly death of yourself or someone else."

City Council is expected to discuss the issue at their Wednesday meeting.

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