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Teach kids about distracted driving

January 16, 2013
The Town Crier

Dear Editor:

On Jan. 10, 2013, I appeared on "Rock Center with Brian Williams" where I shared my personal story about how my father became one of thousands killed in crashes involving distracted teen drivers. On June 17, 2010, my father was walking on the shoulder of the road when a teen driver who was texting struck him with her vehicle. He passed away later that day after surgery to stop internal bleeding failed. After his death, I wanted to become involved in teen driving issues and work to help end cell phone distracted driving.

Through the HEARTS Network, initiated by the National Safety Council and The Allstate Foundation, I join other families affected by teen-related crashes who share their stories. By doing so, we add a human dimension to statistics. Our stories are reminders of the consequences of poor choices behind the wheel.

Parents, talk to your teens about the dangers of using cell phones while driving. Do it for my family and the thousands who missed their loved ones last Christmas because of senseless and preventable crashes.

Tina Yanssens

Survivor Advocate, HEARTS Network




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