After looking at this picture, I’m sure you will never drive while talking on the cell phone.
Sec. Ray LaHood’s blog post offers some details behind this horrific mangled mess of metal:
- A garage New Canaan, Connecticut has put this mangled vehicle on display along with a “No-Cell-Phones” sign . This one was destroyed in a crash that may have been caused–not by drunk driving, but by a distracted driver.
- The red VW Jetta, now barely recognizable, was being driven by a 19-year-old woman. When she entered Interstate 95, she struck another vehicle, causing her car to spin out and hit the median, where it was hit by a tractor trailer. The young driver was killed in the accident.
- The deceased driver’s family gave written approval for the Garage owner to put it on a highly visible corner of his property with hopes of deterring at least a few “distracted drivers.”
What a powerful message, in deed.
- Distracted: 1 in 6 Road Deaths Tied to Texting (abcnews.go.com)
- US official wants ‘distracted driving’ label on cell phones (alternet.org)
- U.S. Transportation Sec. Hates Facebook, Twitter [Emissions] (jalopnik.com)
- UPS Supports LaHood’s Effort to Stop Distracted Driving (eon.businesswire.com)
- “Focusing On Distracted Driving” and related posts (transportation.nationaljournal.com)
- No Surprise: Distracted Driving Up Significantly Since 2005 (ridelust.com)
- Distracted driving deaths declining in the U.S. (ctv.ca)
- LaHood releases 2009 distracted driving crash figures ahead of summit (autoblog.com)
- Report: LaHood mulling nationwide ban on all in-car mobile phone use? (autoblog.com)