Georgia Nursing Students Killed in Distracted Driving Accidents Renews Call for Hands-Free Driving
AUGUSTA, GA - A news article published on wrdw.com remembers the tragic loss of five Georgia Southern nursing students tragically killed in an auto accident along I-16 and renews the call for hands-free driving in the state of Georgia. Six years ago, a seven-vehicle accident tragically took the lives of Georgia Southern nursing students. Sorrowfully, the fatal accident happened on the young women's last day of their clinical rotations. The young women were in their initial year of nursing school at Georgia Southern. The accident investigators discovered that the at-fault driver was texting while driving, which was ultimately the cause of the fatal collision.
This tragic motor vehicle accident was one of several tragedies that happen every day throughout the United States. These tragedies are what pushed citizens, and companies like Montlick & Associates, to fight for Georgia's Hands-Free Driving Law, which became law on July 1, 2018.
One of the young woman's families has celebrated their loved one's and has kept her spirit alive by creating the Abbie DeLoach Foundation. The foundation has given nearly $1 million in scholarship revenue to students attending universities in Georgia. So far, students from five countries and six states have received a scholarship in honor of Abbie.
The foundation is helping to reduce distracted driving promoting #HandsFreeforAbbie message and images on social media and through companies. Drivers throughout Georiga are encouraging drivers to plegde their commitment to "phone-free driving" by making a pledge at handsfreeforabbie.com.
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