Monday, May 23, 2016

Cat's In the Cradle

Wanted to follow up to our previous post.  In the words of the famous Cat's Steven's Song...

"I'm gonna be like you dad..."

If you want your teen to understand the deadly dangers of distracted driving, you need teach them but also model what safe driving is!

Parents can be a big part of the problem! It's time to be a part of the solution! Put the Phone Away

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Amanda...

Girl Dies From Her Second Texting And Driving Accident

Oakdale, California resident Bonnye Spray recently gave a presentation to a high school health class about her daughter, who got into two accidents texting while driving and was killed during the second time.
Spray's daughter, Amanda Clark, got into her first accident in 2006 when she was broadsided by another driver and her car flipped three times, according to The Modesto Bee.  Fortunately, she survived the crash with only bruises and scrapes.
Spray said of the first accident:
"I thought this would be a wake up call for her. And it was for a short time she wouldn’t talk on the phone, she was more cautious. But she got more confident in her driving and a sense of 'Hey, I survived one, I’m invincible, nothing is going to happen to me now.'"
Almost exactly one year later in 2007, Clark lost control of the car she was driving while on a highway; cell phone records indicate she was texting at the time.  First responders said it took them 40 minutes to free Clark from the totaled car and that she had not been breathing for a whole 20 minutes by that time.  She passed away the following day.
Spray gave the presentation as part of a program called Impact Teen Drivers, which is a collaboration between first responders, educators, health professionals and traffic safety advocates, The Bee reports.  April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The group educates high school students on proper driving safety etiquette, especially the need to put cell phones away.  A driver with three passengers in the car is three times more likely to crash, 12 times more likely to crash when he/she reaches for a phone to check text messages, and 16 times more likely to crash when he/she tries to respond to a text message.
Spray was first asked by a driver's education teacher about what happened to Amanda a few months following the crash.
Spray said:
"I just wrote down the basics of what had happened. I had to read it and bawled my eyes out the entire time."
Afterward, she said:
"I noticed the kids were quiet, a lot of kids were wiping tears away and I realized this does have an impact."
Sources: The Modesto Bee / Photo Credit: The Charlotte Observer
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Drive Drunk and Visit a Few More Bars

Recently, we came across this video about what happens when you choose to drink and drive. 

A man convicted of murder for an accident that happened while driving under the influence appeals to bar goers through a mirror. It may seem a bit strange but it definitely makes a point! How would you react if you were in a bar and saw this. Would it be enough to stop you from drinking and driving?

Leave a comment and tell us

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