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Mother Who Lost Son Warns of Distracted Driving Dangers

Paul Miller was hit head on by a tractor trailer in 2010

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. a local mother knows the dangers of distracted driving all too well; she's been living the repercussions for the past eight years.

21-year-old Paul Miller had his life planned out. He wanted to become a police officer.

"Once you met him, you fell in love with him. He was full of life," says his mother, Eileen Miller.

Then, July 5th 2010 came around. "In the blink of an eye, everything changed," Miller says.

Paul was driving to work when a tractor trailer crossed the median on Route 33 in Hamilton Township and hit his car head on. The truck driver admits he was distracted before the crash and reached down to grab his cell phone.

"It was the worst day of my life," Miller recalls.

When Paul's mom, Eileen, visited her son in the morgue, she made him this promise."Basically I whispered in his ear that i'd find out what happened and I would fight for change," she explains.

Now, Eileen devotes her life to raising awareness about distracted driving.

She shares her story in schools and on billboards along major roadways. She recently spoke in front of the House Transportation Committee advocating for a bill that would make it illegal in Pennsylvania to talk and drive without a hands-free device.

"Now we just need to move forward and move them quickly. because everyday people are dying on our roads. We need it to pass," Miller says.

Eileen says her son would have been a police officer by now. But, it's she who wears a badge of sorts.

"I feel like i'm kind of doing his work, because this is what he would be doing. I'm just doing it for him," she says with tears in her eyes.

Last year, more than 5,000 drivers were fined for distracted driving in Pennsylvania.

Eileen is begging you to turn off your phone before getting behind the wheel.


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