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Speaker Promotes Hang Up and Drive
Friday, February 06, 2015
Jacy Good urged the students at the Southern Adirondack Education Center to start a new ripple and take the pledge to not use a cell phone while driving.
Jacy and her husband Steve Johnson became nationwide public speakers and advocates for cell-free roads after Jacy was in a car crash that left her with multiple injuries and claimed the lives of her parents. Since 2011, they have spoken at 461 different events in 29 states.
Good and her parents were driving home after her college graduation in 2008 when a young driver talking on a cell phone ran a red light, causing a tractor-trailer to swerve and crash into the Goods’ vehicle. Good’s parents were killed instantly and she was pulled from the wreckage, but not expected to survive.
Good explained to students her physical condition after the accident, her road to recovery and what limitations she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life. Plus she shared studies about distracting driving and statistics of the impact of crashes due to distracted driving.
Currently in New York, if you're stopped while you're on your cell phone, you will get five points on your license along with a fine of at least $200.
For more of Jacy’s story, click here to go to her website, Hang Up and Drive.