February 11, 2013
A local law firm is helping to spread the message of distracted driving, an action it calls a "selfish choice."
The video, posted on the MichieHamlett law firm's website, tells the story of a teenager using her GPS, running off the road and killing a man whose car broke down.
MichieHamlett got involved with the distracted driving awareness campaign more than a year ago. Lawyers go around to local high schools to show this video and speak to students.
"If you can save a life, just one life, it's worth it," said Greg Webb, a trial attorney and one of the managing partners at MichieHamlett. "Hopefully, they can take that back and teach their parents. Adults are probably some of the worst offenders."
The video stresses that just a few seconds on the cell phone or changing the radio can impact a number of lives.
"This is a big issue," Webb said. "I think it'll become larger, and hopefully it will not take more and more tragedies before people give it the proper attention."
There are approximately 4,500 deaths a year caused by distracted driving, which translates to about 300 each month.
Webb said he believes state legislatures will begin taking more action to make some elements of distracted driving, like texting while driving, illegal.