Had it not been for a cell phone distracted driver, Joe Teater would be celebrating his 21st birthday today. Instead of celebrating a joyous day, Joe’s parents will be visiting him at the cemetery, only able to imagine what their son would be like had he made it to this milestone.
Sadly, Joe is one of thousands who die each year at the hands of a distracted driver. Distracted driving is an absurd epidemic that only continues to get worse. While the issue fortunately does receive national attention, it hasn’t been enough.
This month (April) is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is a perfect time for every motorist to take the pledge to drive cell free while on the road so you are not responsible for the senseless death of another human being. No text is worth a life.
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So the next time you are pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember those 5,500 lives that were taken because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else’s.
- One call can change everything
- Don’t be a zombie behind the wheel
- Don’t ____ & Drive:
- Are we being Driven to Distraction?