"It's an old saying that life can change in an instant, or in the blink of an eye. Now you might say life can change with the touch of a button."
Jake Fallon, a recent graduate of Seneca Valley High School, produced a remarkable video that shows the dangers of texting while driving. He is one of our Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest winners for 2011 in the Pittsburgh region.
Set to the rhythm of a heartbeat, he vividly creates a tragedy that happens all too often. A teenager takes his eyes off the road for two seconds to text a buddy, and the next he is kneeling at the grave of a boy who died too young because of him. It all could have been avoided if he could have waited until he stopped driving to text his friend.
While Jake's video is a dramatization, it represents the thousands of people who have had to live through tragedies like these.
I can't tell you enough about the dangers of texting while driving, or anything that causes distracted driving for that matter. Always practice defensive driving and be alert. Texting, eating a sandwich, talking to a friend in the back seat, and even putting on makeup…it's not worth killing someone else – or killing yourself.
Stay tuned for more posts about our other 2011 winners and their projects coming soon. And remember to 'like' our Edgar Snyder & Associates fan page on Facebook to sign the Don't Drink & Drive and Don't Text & Drive pledges. You could win a Flip™ HD video camera!
Congratulations to Jake, who will be heading to Penn State – Behrend in a few weeks. Thank you for your message about texting while driving.