After being inspired by the movie, “A Question of Faith,” featuring a storyline about a teenager driver striking a child with her car while texting, Joy Christian School’s ESL Bible Class decided to raise awareness in their community about the impact of distracted driving. The students chose the slogan “Don’t be a fool, don’t text and drive!” for their campaign which ran April 1st through April 5th.
Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD), founded by Premier Law Group attorney Jason Epstein, was thrilled to help Joy Christian School with their campaign by providing information, pledge cards, and “Pldg 2 Nt Txt N Drv” bracelets. The TADD program was started to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and promote safe driving practices, especially among young drivers. “In my field of work, I see the devastating impact of accidents caused by distracted driving on the victims and their loved ones,” shared Epstein, “Educating the public is the key to stopping this preventable epidemic.”
The kick-off for Joy Christian School’s “Don’t be a fool, don’t text and drive!” campaign was on April 1st and featured a special guest speaker, Kendal Dold, Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator from Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. JCS 8-12 grade students learned about the impact of distracted driving during her presentation and simulations.
Local police joined the awareness effort by educating students and the public about the new “hands free” ordinance passed on February 7th in Glendale banning the use of cell phones while driving with the first offense carrying a $250 fine. Many attendees were unaware of some of the restrictions, such as using a cell phone while sitting at a stoplight.
Students and the Glendale community were moved by the campaign and signed pledge cards committing to not text and drive. Premier Law Group hopes that TADD-supported awareness events like the one organized by JCS can help stop rising statistics like these:
- 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day because of crashes involving a distracted driver.
- Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
- 11 teens die due to texting while driving each day.
Premier Law Group wants to congratulate Joy Christian School’s ESL Bible Study Class for their successful campaign and to thank them for all their hard work and dedication!