In May 2008, Jaci Good’s life was turned upside down by a distracted driver. A 30 ton 18 wheeler hit her family car after an 18-year-old ran a red light while talking on his cell phone. Both of her parents died, while Good broke nearly every bone in her body, her organs were punctured, and she suffered a brain injury. As a result of the accident, she was forced to relearn how to talk, walk, and remember.
But Good has chosen to try to take her personal tragedy and use it as a way of educating youth and preventing such accidents. She visits students to share her story and encourage them to just “hang up and drive.”
“No one needs to stand in my shoes,” says Good. “I have felt more pain than anyone should feel in their lifetime and no one else should go through that. What happened to me is 100 percent preventable.”
Text Kills agrees that distracted driving accidents are entirely preventable, which is why we also try to educate the youth about the dangers of distracted driving and get them to take the pledge not to text and drive. Whether it’s talking or texting, using a phone while driving can prove deadly and makes the roads unsafe for everybody. We commend Ms. Good on her strength through adversity and her work in making the roads safer for us all.
Don’t forget to hang up and drive, and remember that Text Kills.