Event Highlights The Danger For Teens Texting On The Road

NOVI (WWJ) – An Oak Park Funeral Home has come up with a rather unique way of driving home the dangers of texting while driving. Area teens spent Sunday evening at the go-cart track at Novi’s Paradise Park  driving and trying to text at the same time.

The idea behind the event – where teens were actually REQUIRED to text and drive at the same time:  to drive home the dangers of texting while behind the wheel of an automobile.  Otto Dube is the Managing Funeral Director of Hebrew Memorial Chapel … which organized Sunday’s event.

“If we can just save the life of one distracted driver, we know that we will have accomplished an amazing and heartwarming mission,” said Dube.

Teens were given a specific phrase to text while behind the wheel of a go-cart.

“We’re having them drive around the course … we’ll have them text to our judges ‘be home soon, be home soon,'” said Dube.

Participants were judged on a number of factors … including accuracy, speed and the number of text messages sent.

The “Don’t Text and Drive” event was held at Paradise Park in Novi, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday.

The inaugural event was held under the watchful eye of the Novi Police Department.

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  • Erik Wood

    I think this effort will help these young drivers get the message. It has to start with the end user, the driver…deciding not to partake in distracted driving and this will help drive that message home. This demonstration reminds me of a young driver I read about from New Zealand who texted his girlfriend “Miss you hon…” and then died in a head on collision.

    I also decided to do something about teen (and adult) distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool for teens and their parents called OTTER that is a simple, GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

  • Sally

    Great program. Bless you for thinking it up and sponsoring this.
    The most important part is that it is a decision the DRIVER makes to text or not text to answer that call or not. Just like making the decision to drink or not drink before driving. To plan ahead and make the decision not to do these activities is life saving.

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