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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Texting and Driving--A Deadly Combination

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- One Region Eight family knows all too well that it can be a deadly combination.

One lawmaker wants to put the brakes on this hazardous habit before someone else loses a loved one.

"He put the wedding ring on, and I said that looks so good on you. I could just see the look on his face, that he was just as excited about the wedding as I was," said Laura McQuay.

Laura McQuay and Paul Davidson were busy planning their wedding next year.  Laura says the devastating news that came just two days after they picked out their wedding bands changed her life forever.  McQuay got the devastating news of Paul's death from a volunteer fireman on the scene of a deadly car accident. She would later find out the person driving the car that killed Paul, was reportedly texting while driving.

"This bill is not to get out and give everybody a ticket--this bill is mainly to make you aware of it," said State Representative, Ray Kidd.

That's what State Representative Ray Kidd of Jonesboro is trying to do. This week he introduced Paul's Law to the Arkansas legislature. The bill would make texting or using a hand held cell phone while driving, a crime.

"It's to improve the driver's safety on our roads...our tourists and visitors coming into our state," said Kidd.

Paul's daughter, Hilary, has high hopes for the bill she helped develop.

"I just hope people think about it when they do it. You know, just sitting there looking at their phone, they could take somebody's life in an instant," said Hilary Davidson.

As for Laura McQuay, she hopes people will think twice before picking up a phone while behind the wheel of car.

The bill says talking or texting on a cell phone while driving would be a primary offense. That means if a police officer sees you talking or texting, they can pull you over, and you can get a ticket. The ticket would not be more than 100 dollars.  Blue tooth and hands free phones would be ok. The bill is expected to go before the house in January.  

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