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.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department Holds Graduation Ceremony For Recruit Class 2021-G
“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.READ MORE: Here's A Look At Weekend Construction Happening In Metro Detroit
“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.MORE NEWS: FDA Approves Longer Shelf Life For J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
The inaugural event was held under the watchful eye of the Novi Police Department.