The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for issuing statistics regarding many aspects of transportation, including distracted driving. Last year, distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people and injured 500,000 more. Now the DOT is doing more than releasing statistics – it is telling the stories of the men, women, and children who died in an accident caused by someone else was talking on a cell phone, texting, reaching for the radio, or was otherwise distracted while behind the wheel.
The DOT began a website titled “The Faces of Distracted Driving” and features a video that begins with the story of Margay Schee of Ocala, who was just 13 when she, along with 21 other students were on their way home from school, when they were stopped and rear-ended by a semi-truck traveling at 60 mph.
The driver said he never saw the school bus. A subsequent investigation found the driver was talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash and it later turned out, he had driven more than 16 hours, well in excess of federal safety rules which limit driving to 11 hours. Margay was under the seat of the bus and was not able to get out when the bus caught on fire. She was the only student who did not get out alive. Her mother says a big part of her died with Margay.
In the video, Margay’s mother says, “No texting, no talking, hands-free, just put it down. I ask people if they feel the urge to pick up their phone they think of Margay laying on the bottom of a school bus.”
The DOT asks anyone who has a distracted driving story to share to upload a video to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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