Video aimed at distracted drivers goes viral

 

Viral Video on distracted driving

A viral video trending on social media has millions of people realizing the horrific consequences of distracted driving just as local law enforcement agencies work to reduce distracted driving on Northern Nevada roads.  Most people have been guilty of glancing down at their phones to check a text message or change a song including the people who are in a video that has now been viewed on Facebook over 6.4 million times in just under a week.  It tells the tragic story of a woman who experienced the unthinkable because of a distracted driver.   "An 18 wheeler swerved and hit my family's car.  The resulting collision killed both of my parents.  I spent two months in the hospital fighting for my own life,” said Jacy Good.  She was permanently injured in a crash because of a distracted driver in Pennsylvania in 2008.   The video is part of a YouTube reality show series sponsored by AT&T and their "It Can Wait" campaign.  It's primarily aimed at young drivers who according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report the highest level of phone involvement in-crash or near-crash incidences.   The Washoe County Sheriff's Office recently focused on distracted driver violations over a three week period and issued just under 200 cell phone citations during that time.  This being indicative that distracted driving is an issue in Northern Nevada.  "It only takes a moment and I mean only a brief moment of distraction to lead to a tragedy," said Bob Harmon, Public Information Officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.  AAA recommends drivers put their cell phone inside a compartment and on silent mode to lessen temptation to reach for it. 

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