I want to thank Mayor Tammy de Weerd and the City Council of Meridian, Idaho, for passing "Kassy's Law," a local measure banning texting while driving.
The new law honors the memory of Kassandra Kerfoot, an 18-year-old who died December 29, 2009, from injuries sustained in a crash. Kassy had been texting just before losing control of her car and drifting into oncoming rush-hour traffic.
Since then Kassy's mother, Liz Catherman, has been an outspoken advocate in the campaign against distracted driving.
From producing a poster to hang in Meridian High, where Kassy graduated in June 2009, to testifying in the Idaho legislature in support of a statewide texting ban, to telling her story at our recent Distracted Driving Summit, Liz has been tireless in her efforts to make our roads safer.
"This is real. I want others to know this can happen to anybody," Catherman said at our summit.
Last night, she thanked the city leaders of Meridian for their support of the new ban:
"Hopefully it will make teens stop and think twice--you know, this was my friend--and hopefully they show respect for Kassy and just hang up and focus on what they're supposed to be doing in their cars--driving."