A public service announcement – and a crash involving texting and driving – has one local sheriff pushing for more awareness.
On Tuesday, Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says a teenager was involved in this rollover crash on Bronson Hill Road because of texting.
The sheriff says the PSA is so powerful in eyes that he wants it in local schools, so crashes like the one yesterday stop happening.
“There were mixed reviews and statements from the driver on why the crash occurred, and I will call this a crash – not an accident,” Dougherty said. “There’s nothing accidental about texting and putting others in jeopardy.”
“Do they ever plan on ever intentionally hurting someone? Of course not, no one does,” he said. “But then ‘boom,’ they hit a car and their life changes.”
Luckily, Doughtery says the teen wasn’t hurt, and he was the only one involved in the wreck. But it’s now prompting him to push the PSA into local schools.
“We plan on pushing this to our deputies that are in our school districts here, and asking the school administration to play this video for our teenagers, the 16, 17, 18 year olds,” said Dougherty. “To say please consider watching this video and please consider putting those phones down.”
In the beginning of the PSA, the teens admit on camera that they not only text and drive, but use apps like Snapchat while driving.
The teens are then introduced to a victim of texting and driving, Jacy Good.
Good was 21 years old, coming home from college graduation with her family, when a driver on his phone hit their car. The collision killed both her parents and left her paralyzed.
“I’m typically not big on PSA’s, I’ll openly admit that,” Dougherty said. “But I thought that PSA hit it out of the park. I thought it was real people who talked about real death, real injury, and you see the real emotion in that video of what texting and driving can do.”
“The potential for greater things was there yesterday,” he said. ‘If he would have swerved left instead of right or right instead of left we could have had someone else involved.”
The sheriff says he just saw the PSA recently, so they do not have a date set yet on when and if the kids will see the video, but they’re working on it.