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Distracted drivers are a danger to everyone. Are you one?

An Elmira high school track coach was right on target this week when he targeted distracted drivers, who pose a huge danger to his runners.

I’ll take Southside High School Coach Greg Grund’s plea one step further – texting drivers are a HUGE danger to EVERYONE — runners, cyclists, walkers, kids playing near the streets, other vehicles and so on.

Grund told WETM-TV that some of his runners have had to jump into ditches to avoid getting hit when they are training on area roads.

Most of the time, the coach said, his runners are almost hit because the drivers are using their cell phones to make a call or text.

The law is clear on this – no texting while driving, and only hands-free devices if you are talking on a cell phone while driving in New York state and Pennsylvania.

How many more people have to get injured or killed before our distracted drivers get the message?

Everyone should see this!

Keep an eye out for a very effective public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving. It was written by a 15-year-old Oswego, N.Y., high school student.

Lauren Daniels made a 30-second spot that won the second annual Drive2Life PSA Competition, sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation Inc. with National Organizations for Youth Safety. The PSA is airing nationally during National Youth Traffic Safety Month in May.

The spot shows two teens walking and talking. One of the girls is texting, the other is putting on makeup and she walks into a pole, which knocks her down. Her friend says, “Sarah, that’s so funny.”

The scene shifts to a car driving past, and the viewer hears the same dialogue between the girls. We see the driver texting as she’s driving and the screen fades to black as we hear the sounds of a crash and one of the girls keeps repeating her friend’s name, with no response.

To read more about the PSA, click here.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic on America’s roadways, and young people are among the most at risk,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “When you’re driving, your attention should always be on the road — not on a phone. And I applaud Lauren for creating such an effective video to drive this message home to teens.”

As high school graduation season arrives in the Twin Tiers, let Lauren’s PSA serve as an important reminder.

It is a matter of life and death.

Thanks for reading,

James B. Reed, Elmira Injury Attorney

James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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