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See her face and don’t reach for the phone

A Mulwala mother’s fight to warn young people about the dangers of texting while driving has spread from the grief of our community to a Victorian Government campaign to crackdown on mobile phone distractions.

February 28, 2013 11:57am

Brooke Richardson, 20, died when her car ran off the road and hit a tree on her way to work on December 4, just moments after sending a text message on her mobile phone.

In the weeks that followed, Brooke’s family and friends from Yarrawonga, Mulwala and Corowa united to warn others of how one simple, all too common, mistake ended her life.

“Brooke’s Law” will be the name of new Victorian legislation targeting deadly driver distractions through tougher penalties and changes to P-plate restrictions – and mum Vicki Richardson couldn’t be more proud.

Vicki spoke to journalist Racheal Willett after the emotional launch of a new TAC campaign featuring graphic advertisements warning about the dangers of being distracted while driving.

 

Read about Vicki’s emotional journey in Wednesday’s Yarrawonga Chronicle.

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