'It Can Wait' event looks to stop texting and driving

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 8:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Amy Berard says she and her 13-month-old-daughter, Gabby, are lucky to be alive. 

The two were hit by a driver as he was texting while they were in the crosswalk of a quiet Tempe street. 

Amy was thrown an estimated 30 feet and suffered three skull fractures, while little Gabby ended up with one fracture to the skull.

"It not only changed my life and my daughter's life," Berard says, "It also changed my entire family's life."

She doesn't understand what was so important about that text that the driver couldn't have waited until he was no longer driving.

"It Can Wait" was the theme of an event sponsored by AT&T Thursday at Chase Field before the Diamondbacks' game against the Dodgers.

A simulator showed drivers how quickly they could run into trouble after taking their eyes off the road to answer a text.

"Oops, I ran a stop light because I answered a text." said 15-year-old Kristyn St. Yves, as she operated the simulator.

St. Yves added that she should have waited to answer her phone until she wasn't driving.

While it's already against the law in the city of Phoenix to text while behind the wheel, other cities and even states are also looking at passing new texting while driving laws.

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