Just A Text? Distracted Driving Has Serious Consequences

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: faces@distraction.gov.

To learn more about USDOT’s efforts to stop distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov.

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Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Texting and driving is a murder waiting to happen.

Penny C.
penny C5 years ago


Julie W.
Jules W5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Don't text, phone, eat or smoke while driving.

Katie Shafer
Past Member 5 years ago

This is the most gut wrenching feeling to roll up on the scene of an accident involving young people. But you do your job and do your best to save there lives. Don't text and Drive!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Idiots who do this deserve Darwin Award.

Nimue Pendragon

If you can't understand the one basic rule of driving: keep your eyes on the road, then you have to deal with the consequences.

Charli S.
Charlotte S5 years ago

I've come to the conclusion you can't save the stupid so let's let their genes die out. I'm sick of driving on roads with divits because idiots drive and fall asleep (the divits are dangerous when you have a flat tire) I'm sick of avoiding idiots with cell phones and such. Are you so busy you can't do this stuff while parked? We need to ticket every person with a cell phone or texting device. The other day I saw a lady driving while putting on her makeup and talking on the cell phone? We need a law that allows you to take said phone/texting device and shove it where the sun don't shine if someone runs into you because they're on a cell phone or texting device! What happened to common sense in this country. People don't even look anymore before stepping into the street. They trust you will stop...well what about if the brakes fail? I think it's true...you can't change stupid.

Cameron Neuman
Cameron N5 years ago

I do not text/answer calls when driving - it's just NOT worth it. It can wait till I stop .