• 11th Hour Lobby at MA State House

    By TextLess Live More | Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Law Enforcement & Families of Distracted Driving Make Final Appeal for Hands-Free in Massachusetts

Series of Meetings with Leaders for Emotion Appeal to End Deadly Driving Epidemic


Law Enforcement and Families Affected by Distracted Driving Gather at the Massachusetts State House This Morning in Last Ditch Effort to Advocate for Hands-Free Legislation in Massachusetts to End Deadly Driving Epidemic
WHEN: July 26, 2018 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Officer Larry Ellison, 32 year-veteran police officer with the Boston Police Department and President of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement (MAMLEO) and a two-time victim of distracted driving; Tom Brannelly of Norwood, father of Katie Brannelly who was hit by a distracted driver who was texting six years ago, who died 15 months later from complications; Emily Stein, President of Safe Roads Alliance, who lost her father to a distracted driver in 2011; Richard Levitan, President of TextLess Live More, who lost his daughter Merritt Levitan from Milton, MA to a distracted driver in 2013 and community organizer Michael Jacobi Brown are making a last ditch appeal to Massachusetts State Representatives today through a series of meetings, calling for a Hands-Free vote in the House before Tuesday, July 31, the end of the current legislative session.
Alyson Lowell, who’s daughter Gabriella Lowell was killed this summer in Worcester by a distracted driver, was scheduled to attend today’s 11th hour lobby effort but cancelled due to grief. Ms. Lowell shared her story via call-in with WGBH’s Callie Crossley last week. The interview is here: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2018/07/20/advocates-try-to-beat-the-states-legislative-clock-to-stop-distracted-driving
Lobby Meetings include:
  • Whitney Ferguson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Speaker Robert DeLeo
  • Robert Chambers, Legislative Director for Representative Jeffrey Sanchez who opposes Hands-Free legislation
  • Representative Joseph Wagner
  • Representative Byron Rushing, who voiced support for Hands-Free in the press but in an about-face, has now reneged his support for a House Vote
Emily Stein, 617.417.3689, and Richard Levitan, 617.642.5544, will be sharing results from the meetings and taking questions from the Media this afternoon.