Clinton Co. mother takes dangers of distracted driving fight to the Statehouse

Jill Biddle has taken her daughter's mangled car around the state to increase awareness on the dangers of texting and driving. (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — A Clinton County mother is taking her fight for distracted driving awareness to the Indiana Statehouse.

Jill Biddle’s story began on June 20, 2016, when her daughter, Maria Droesch, was killed after swerving into an oncoming truck. Droesch was texting at the time of the crash.

Biddle has taken her daughter’s mangled car around the state to increase awareness on the dangers of texting and driving.

Now with the help of State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), Biddle is taking her fight to the Statehouse – where the wrecked car will be displayed Tuesday as part of an anti-texting while driving campaign. It will be on a on a trailer at Bicentennial Plaza at the Statehouse.

A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday for any who want to attend to help raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.

Smith authored a bill this year, which would have required all Hoosier drivers to use hands-free devices. But the legislation did not receive a hearing. However, Smith said he would try again next year.

Indiana has a statewide texting while driving ban. But as News 18 previously reported, law enforcement agencies say it’s hard to enforce distracted driving and something needs done at the state level.

Kayla Sullivan is at the Statehouse and will have more from Biddle and State Rep. Smith, coming up on News 18 at Five and Six and later online at WLFI.com.