Florida's ban on texting and driving reminds Augello family of lost one

1:27 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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Spring Hill, FL --  In 2008 Steve  Augello lost his daughter Allie in a car crash. 

The 17-year-old was driving home from play practice when she was hit head-on by another teen who was texting and driving.

"I have to live with this the rest of my life. I'm not going to be able to walk her down the aisle," said Augello.  "I'm not going to be able to bounce my grandkids on my knee and see her graduate college and get married and it's...  it's sad."

Students at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School have created a memorial to remember their late classmate.  The teens were also exposed to the dangers of texting and driving through a real life simulator all part of AT&T's "It can wait" initiative.

"It's a matter of life and death. People don't realize the danger of texting and driving," said Augello.

Steve admitted that the new state law that bans texting and driving is a positive move for Florida. 

"It's a step in the right direction and we're hoping that this step is going to deter people from texting and driving," said Augello.

If a ticket or fine isn't enough to stop you from texting and driving, the Augello family hopes the loss of their daughter will.

"Don't text and drive, because it could be your last day," said Augello. 

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