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Sometimes, statistics don’t tell the whole story. That rings especially true when it comes to talking about distracted driving. And even though we all know the dangers associated with distracted driving, it takes the stories of people who have been impacted to really drive the point home.
And that’s the why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the Faces of Distracted Driving series. Distracted driving can be cited for killing nearly 5,500 people last year and injuring 500,000 more. But to really get behind the numbers, parents and teens can watch the stories of the lives that were cut short and the sadness they left behind.
In one story, you learn about 21-year-old Casey Feldman who was struck and killed by a distracted driver as she crossed the street in Ocean City, New Jersey on July 17, 2009. In another, the family of 17-year-old Alex Brown recounts how on November 10, 2009, she was killed when she crashed her truck on a rural road while texting. There’s also the story of Judy Teater and her 12-year-old son Joe who were hit by a young woman in a Hummer hit them while she was talking on her cell phone and ran a red light.
[Source: Consumer Reports]