It began when Juanita Duckett’s good friend Hennie was banged up in a car accident.
Hennie Sullivan was sitting in a parked car, after a friend dropped her off in front of her West Oak Lane home, when another car slammed into theirs. On the sidewalk, car metal twisted, Sullivan and her friend shaken and bruised, the driver admitted: “I didn’t even see you.” “Well, it’s hard to see since you were on the phone,” a neighbor had yelled.
Several states have banned texting while driving; Pennsylvania has not, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. But since Philadelphia passed its own law in December, which bans texting and talking without a hands-free device while driving, more than 9,000 drivers have gotten tickets, says a police spokesperson.