When David Forsee thinks of what took place to his 6-week-old grand son, he gets tears in his eyes. On June 5, 2016, Zachary Vance was riding in his safety seat in the back of his mom’s Honda Fit on Ga. 247 as she stopped at the traffic signal at Green Street near Robins Air Force Base. “A car struck us from behind at about 65 miles per hour … she was sidetracked by her telephone, and she just knocked into us,”Cassie Vance, of Warner Robins stated. “My child was folded in his safety seat like a book.” The baby suffered 2 skull fractures, a damaged clavicle, brain bleeds and collapsed lungs. After X-rays at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, the child was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital. “We were confessed for 16 days when it was touch-and-go for that time frame,”Vance stated.
“Miraculously, here he is today,”she stated Wednesday, as 2-year-old Zachary was playing around under the trees of the Georgia Farm Bureau on Bass Road. 10 members of the Vance and Forsee households were signing up with a caravan of other households hurt by sidetracked motorists. They boarded a bus chartered by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to take a trip down Interstates 75 and 16 to Statesboro to watch Gov. Nathan Deal sign Georgia’s new hands-free law forbiding chauffeurs from physically holding or supporting a wireless interactions gadget, computer system, GPS receiver, personal digital assistant, tablet or other wireless gadget. The households of 5 Georgia Southern nursing trainees eliminated in a 2015 crash with a tractor-trailer on I-16 have actually also were welcomed to the event at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport.
Guv’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood stated he’s been waiting years for this anti-distracted driving costs which follows the anti-texting law passed in 2010. “Hopefully it will lead to people doing the best thing and putting that phone down while they’re in the car,”Blackwood stated. “The bottom line is it will save lives, and in a year from now we’ll have the ability to take a look at that and say, ‘Yes it worked.’ “. Through Bluetooth technology, people can still talk on the phone using hands-free systems. “You cannot hold a phone with your hands. You cannot support it with your body,”Blackwood stated. “You cannot send out a text, Facebook, Instagram or anything like that. You cannot make a video of any kind.” In the law that works July 1, there is an exemption for control panel installed video cameras, radios, walkie-talkies, CB radios, emergency situation interactions gadgets, amateur radios, medical gadgets and in-vehicle security or navigation systems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approximates more than 3,000 people are eliminated in crashes including sidetracked driving each year in the United States. Forsee, of Centerville, has actually invested the previous 2 years speaking with groups about sidetracked driving and promoting more stringent charges for motorists. He was elated that this year’s Georgia General Assembly took the additional action and forbidden hands-on interactions gadgets. “This is cheerful,”Forsee stated before his family members got on the bus with another Macon family who lost a child in a sidetracked driving crash in Coweta County. “I cannot thank Gov. Deal enough for signing this. … A great deal of people compromised to get this done.”.
For his child, the finalizing event is a symbolic end to a tough time in their lives. “It means the world to us … it kinda puts us at peace,”Vance stated. “We’ve handled a great deal of psychological ups and downs for the entire experience, and it kinda puts a closure to this entire experience.”.