The family of Officer Clayton Townsend
On January 8, 2019, Officer Clayton Townsend was making a routine traffic stop when a texting driver struck and killed him on the 101 N in Scottsdale. Clayton was also a cancer survivor and was not eligible for additional life insurance. He leaves behind Deanna (25), his wife and 10 month old son Brixton. Nothing can fill the loss of Clayton but please help support his family through this terrible loss. Our goal is to provide some financial support for Brixton and Deanna. Thank you+ Read More
Just a quick update, on April 17th the Arizona Republican House of Representatives held a “Closed Door” caucus to discuss the fate of the latest distracted driver and hands free bill. Deanna and Brixton were on hand before the meeting to show support for this critical legislation. The result was that the 3 bills in question would go to the house floor for a vote the following day. On April 18, Holy Thursday the “distracted driver” bill and the “hands free” bill were passed. This makes having a cell phone in your hand while operating a motor vehicle a primary offense, an officer can stop you for it! On Monday, families and victims, including Deanna and Brixton, of distracted drivers were with Governor Doug Ducey as he signed the bills into law. This is only a small step and little consolation for the tragedy that Deanna, Brixton the Townsend family and everyone that has been touched by this type of tragedy have endured.
Today, Deanna and I spent the day with other families impacted by distracted and texting drivers at the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives testifying in front of the Transportation Committees for two bills that will make it a primary offense to have your cell phone in your hand while driving. Both were passed out of committee and on to the next step to become law. A special shout out to Brenden Lyons for facilitating the testimony.
This week on Wednesday, Deanna met with MCSO Sheriff Paul Penzone and his staff. It was great to see his concern and take the time to meet with her. The law enforcement community has been so wonderful providing support. Even though Clayton was an officer on the reservation we could tell how strong the “family” bond really is. We were also contacted by MCSO Deputy Chris Hayes. He has started a fundraiser that is selling memorial cuffs. Please look him up on Facebook to buy one.