Smartphones and other mobile technologies are power tools for sharing information and staying connected, but when used irresponsibly, they can also be instruments of destruction.
“Faces of Distracted Driving” is a video series that raises awareness about the potentially tragic consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving by sharing the stories of family members who have lost loved ones in distracted driving crashes. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road – even for just a few seconds – they put their lives and the lives of others in danger, said Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
Today, the DOT released the latest video in the “Faces of Distracted Driving” series, featuring the story of 5 year-old Xzavier Davis-Bilbo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Listen to his mother tell the story:
“The crash that paralyzed young Xzavier is a tragic reminder of the potential consequences of distracted driving,” said Secretary LaHood. “I hope that everyone who hears his story will remember to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their focus on driving.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation encourages anyone who would like to share their distracted driving experiences to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about USDOT’s efforts to stop distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov.
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