In the United States, about 15 people die each day from distracted driving, she said. This includes driving with a hands-free device and texting.
“You all have the power to save lives,” by turning off the cellphone or putting it in the glove compartment where it won’t be a distraction, she said. “It may not be the cool thing to do — but you need to,” she said.
Two SADD students said they were moved by the presentation.
President Ayrica Bunt, a senior, said she thinks the message got through. She had used her phone while driving until she saw this presentation last November. It was hard at first, but she is glad she did.
“I thought it was incredible,” junior Stephen Banks said. It was “inspirational” to see what she overcame. He didn’t need to be convinced about changing his behavior, but classmates might think twice after seeing someone who was in a car accident.