"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
We want to show you a public service announcement we're currently running on WBTV. You may have heard about it.
It IS graphic.
It IS true to life.
This kind of thing DOES happen…far too often.
AAA PSA: (Three young women are driving on a busy highway. The driver is texting on her cell phone as she drives. The car swerves in and out of its lane. Suddenly, their car hits another head on. The three teenagers are violently thrown around in the car, hitting their heads on the dashboard, windshield, and other windows. Their car is then smashed by a third car. It appears as though all three of the young women are killed. We then see victims in the second car – both parents appear deceased. A young child in the back seat cries out: "Mommy, Daddy…wake up! Why won't Mommy & Daddy wake up?!" As the original teen driver's eyes close, we see a graphic: "You Drive…You Text…You Die." )
It took only seconds for this young driver to take her eyes off the road and focus on her cell phone.
In that moment, she and her friends went from happy and alive to violently, totally, and irreversibly dead.
No more beach trips…
No Senior Prom…
No Christmas mornings with family…
Now, this is not to pick on our teenagers.
Adults text and drive, too. They cause accidents, as well.
Think it won't happen to you? NO ONE does.
Please, we implore you, put down the phone when you're driving. If you must text, pull into a parking lot for a minute.
Remember, you're not a slave to your cell phone. You can respond when YOU choose to.
Save your own life.
Save your family's and friends' lives.
DON'T text and drive.