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Local mother spreads awareness about distracted driving

March 17, 2012, a day that is still fresh in Dianne Daniels' mind
Posted: 6:21 PM, Apr 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-18 18:21:49-04
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With graduation, prom, and other milestones just around the corner, it's important that teenagers know how to stay safe on the roads.

March 17, 2012, a day that is still fresh in Dianne Daniels' mind.

"My daughter and her family were on their way back from a restaurant. They were at the corner of Tennessee and Monroe Street when a young man on the drug 'spice' ran into them and sent them across the street," said Daniels. "My daughter and grandson were killed instantly."

It's one of the hardest things Daniels has had to go through as a mother.

"It was really hard. It's a night that I will never forget," said Daniels.

And she's hoping her story will help other drivers remember that safety should be the number one priority.

"I try very hard to try to cope with things the best I can by giving back to other people," said Daniels.

Which is why she showed up to the third annual Traffic Safety Fair at Tallahassee Community College to encourage people not to drive distracted or impaired.

"Anything can happen in a split second and it could not only change your life, but it can change the life of a whole family," said Daniels.

One organizer of the event gave advice to people about how to stay safe on the roads, all to help avoid getting into a crash like this.

"Think about your safety at all times. When you're driving, that's probably one of the most dangerous things you can do on any given day, treat it that way," said Reggie Grant.

As for Daniels, she carries hope of trying to make a difference so the past doesn't repeat itself.

"Maybe this will reach somebody and make them understand the importance of being safe when they are behind the wheel of a car," said Daniels.

To help keep the roads safe, AAA has a free service called Tow-to-go. You don't have to be a member to use it.

If you are away from home and you are to impaired to drive, call AAA and a driver will come pick up just the driver and the car, then bring you home.

Any car passengers are not covered in the service.