Since the launch of our "Faces of Distracted Driving" series in November, the response has been overwhelming. In less than five months, these videos have been viewed over 100,000 times in communities all across the country.
They're being shown in driver education classrooms. The Army is using them as training aids. And we've heard from people of all ages--including those who aren't even old enough to drive--who are pledging to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their phones in the glove box.
To take our campaign to the next level during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I'm proud to announce the release of a new public service announcement that will continue spreading the word about the tragic costs of texting and cell phone use while driving.
This 30-second PSA, “Get the Message,” features people from across the country who lost loved ones in distracted driving crashes and have spoken out through our “Faces of Distracted Driving” campaign. The video is also available for download now on our Distraction.gov website.
There are sisters like Emily Reynolds, who is already a leader for youth safety at just 17 years old. And there are daughters like Laurie Hevier, who channels her grief into activism in the hopes of making the world a safer place for her young child.
There are mothers like Elissa Schee, who helped create FocusDriven, the first distracted driving victims' advocacy group. And there are fathers like Joel Feldman, who produced his own video for our series in the hopes that no other family would have to experience a loss like his.
Each of these people, and so many more like them, have turned the worst moment in their lives into an opportunity to save others. I am so grateful for their efforts. And their incredible work helps fuel my own commitment to putting an end to distracted driving.
In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue to feature the faces behind the statistics of this deadly epidemic. Please hear their stories and get the message: No text or phone call is worth the risk.
If you have a distracted driving experience you'd like to share, post a video on YouTube and email a link to email@example.com.