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Anti-texting crusader makes Kennedy calls

Timothy M. Kennedy's campaign for State Senate is getting a boost from Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother who became an advocate for laws banning texting while driving after her son was killed in a 2007 crash.

Cline has recorded a phone message backing the South Buffalo Democrat in his race against Republican Assemblyman Jack F. Quinn III of Hamburg for a Southtowns Senate seat now held by William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View.

Kennedy, a member of the Erie County Legislature, worked with Cline to get that body to pass a texting-while-driving law that goes further than the version approved by the State Legislature.

"Hi, this is Kelly Cline. I've been advocating for safer streets and fighting to end texting while driving. Tim Kennedy has stood with me every step of the way,” Cline said on the phone call. “When Albany politicians dropped the ball, Tim Kennedy made texting while driving a primary offense here in Erie County."

Listen to the phone message anti-texting crusader Kelly Cline, recorded on behalf of Democratic State Senate candidate Tim Kennedy:

Cline has led a personal campaign to reduce distracted driving since her 20-year-old son, A.J. Larson, was killed in a crash that was blamed on texting while driving.

Kennedy in a statement praised Cline's efforts to make the state's roads safer and vowed to continue to fight on behalf of public safety if he is elected to the State Senate.

-- Stephen T. Watson

 

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