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Father pushes hands-free law while driving after losing his pregnant daughter to a distracted driver

Posted at 10:27 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 23:27:07-04

HUDSON, WI — "I should be holding a 2-and-a-half year old grandson right now," Tom Geltz said.

Goeltz lost his daughter and unborn grandson in a car crash. A driver who was using his cell phone crashed into her car at more than 50 miles per hour.

"He was texting back and forth with some people when he was involved in the crash," Goeltz said.

The loss pushed to join Minnesota's effort to pass a hands-free law. It worked. The law went into effect Aug. 1st.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said one in five crashes are caused by distracted drivers.

"Are there options where we can pull back on one's ability to be using their phone and distracting them from the task at hand which is safe driving on Wisconsin road ways," he said.

Goeltz lives in the western portion of Wisconsin in Hudson. Even with the new Minnesota law, Goeltz said he still see's people with Minnesota plates driving in Wisconsin using their phones.

"Unfortunately, even with hands-free, we aren't going to get there. It's still the cognitive distraction of driving," Goeltz said.