Alabama mother on mission to stop texting and driving after daughter’s death

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Following the tragic death of her daughter in February, an Alabama mother has a new mission: to put an end to distracted driving.

Michelle Lunsford is trying to stop distracted driving after her 17-year old daughter Camryn Callaway died after she crashed into the back of a tractor trailer while texting and driving.

Lunsford is now publicly speaking out about the dangers of distracted driving, which many consider the “new drunk driving.”

On Sunday, she spoke at Union Springs Baptist Church about the dangers and consequences of texting and driving.

“That mistake is all it took, but I am the first person to sit here and say I was guilty of that every single day,” Lunsford told ABC 33/40 News. “Not anymore. This is a huge platform that God has given me now. It took away the one thing I cared about in this world and after that happened, I just looked up and said ‘you’ve done this for a reason. I don’t know what it is, but I’m open and you tell me, you show me, please, quickly because this hurts.'”

She hopes to work with state lawmakers to tighten up the distracted driving laws.

“As a matter of fact, I noticed on the way up here, there was a littering sign – ‘$500 for littering’ – which I completely agree with,” Lunsford added to WBRC. “It’s $25 for your first offense of texting and driving. Now, what’s more important?”