Mother’s Mission: Safety

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STROUDSBURG -- A truck driver who caused a crash that killed a man from Scranton will spend up to three years in prison.

The sentence given to him Friday may be closure for the victim's family but they are also using their tragedy to energize their efforts to keep roads safer.

In July 2010, Paul Miller of Scranton was killed in a crash involving a tractor trailer on Route 33 near Saylorsburg.

Friday morning the driver of the big rig was sentenced for what a judge called "distracted driving" and Miller's mother has since made it her mission to push for safer roads.

It was a long day for Eileen Miller of Scranton. She took part of the Safe 80 Task Force, a group trying to find ways to make Interstate 80 and Route 33 safer for drivers. Her role is to educate the community about the dangers of distracted driving, a topic she knows all too well.

In July 2010, Eileen's son Paul Miller of Scranton died in a head on collision when a tractor trailer driven by Jaswinder Singh of New Jersey crossed into oncoming traffic

Singh was sentenced hours earlier to three years in state prison for killing Paul Miller as he was driving distracted on the highway.

Right after the sentencing, Eileen Miller switched gears advocating for safer roads at the Safe 80 Task Force meeting.

"I put my mommy hat on and now I put my road safety hat on. I have to do it because it's important. I don't want one person to go through what I went through, losing a child. You don't' want to bury your son," said Miller.

At the meeting, community leaders discuss ways to make I-80 safer.  There was talk about adding a weigh station for safety inspections of big rigs and ways to better monitor speeding.

Miller's mission is to have drivers keep their eyes on the road.

"When you're behind the wheel, no phone call, no texting, nothing is worth a life," Miller said. "I don't get to take my son home but it's getting the word out. People should not drive distracted. It does kill. I'm the perfect one to tell you that."

Eileen Miller plans to speak at schools and tractor-trailer companies to continue advocating and educating about the dangers of distracted driving.