I grew up in Destin and am a 21-year-old student at FSU. My classmates and I have been following HB 33, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Toledo and Rep. Emily Slosberg.

We are told from when we learn to drive at age 15 to put down our phones and stop texting and driving, and hundreds of parents who have lost children, and friends of people who died from a texting and driving crash, come to tell their stories to groups of high school students. I remember being in the audience of a school-wide meeting at least twice a year, all four years of high school.

You can tell a new driver over and over “Don’t text and drive. It’s deadly,” but honestly, this is not going to stop a 16-year-old boy who just got his license. The emotional stories and pathos are not enough to stop people from doing such a natural and easy thing: checking the device that is now glued to everyone’s hands.

The only way to stop this is to create repercussions. Make it illegal to text and drive.

If you agree with me, contact your legislators and tell them to pass House Bill 33.

Hilary Richards, Miramar Beach