Grieving Mother Hopes to Change Distracted Driving Law in Arkansas


After a Prairie Grove School District employee lost her daughter in a car accident, she’s now on a mission to change distracted driving laws in Arkansas. 

The still grieving mother is making sure people think twice before getting behind the wheel.

When the sun comes up, it’s time for Peggy Hackett to get to work.

Hackett guards the crosswalk at Prairie Grove Middle School with her life – something she learned was precious. 

Her daughter Hannah, an aspiring country singer, was killed in a car accident in 2006 when she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. 

“That pain is just absolutely horrible,” Hackett said. “I don’t want any parent to go through the pain we went through.” 

Now the mother takes safety inside a vehicle seriously. 

In Arkansas, talking on the phone while driving in a school zone is a secondary law, meaning a police officer has to pull you over for a different offense first to cite you for being on your mobile device. 

“I am trying to get it through the Senate with Charlene Fite’s help to push this the legislature to get this to be a primary law,” Hackett said. 

Hackett says after losing one of her own, she feels a responsibility to protect her children from any danger on the roads.

Peggy Hackett has had success in introducing legislation in the past. 

In 2009, Hackett changed wearing your seatbelt from a secondary to a primary law, as well as passing a graduated drivers license law. 

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