Reporting Terri Lee Sylvester
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.