The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 18, 2013

Students urged not to text and drive

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Students across the county have heard about the dangers of distracted driving during this week.

Jacy Good, a cell phone distracted driving survivor advocate, spoke at Medina Wednesday and at Holley and Albion on Thursday to help students understand the consequences of using cell phones behind the wheel. She was scheduled to visit Kendall and Lyndonville today. 

Good has been accompanied by representatives of Orleans County and New York State Law Enforcement Agencies. The tour was meant to show support for an initiative sponsored by the Governors’ Traffic Safety Committee targeting distracted driving.

In May 2008, on the day Good graduated from college, a driver distracted by his cell phone conversation ran a red light and caused a crash that killed both of Good’s parents and left her clinging to life.

“Jacy’s story is powerful and moves both students and faculty,” said Mark Kruzynski, MHS principal. “It is especially important for teens to hear Jacy’s message.”

Added Holley Superintendent Rober D’Angelo, “Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and using cell phones increases crash risk. Jacy’s story helps students understand that they will be safer if they disconnect while driving.”

During her talk, Good recalled, “My college graduation day should have been a time to celebrate. Instead, my entire world was shattered because of an unnecessary cell phone call. People need to understand the dangers of using a cell phone ­– handheld or hands-free – while driving. Lives are at risk and poor decisions can have life-long consequences.”

Jacy’s message was clear and simple; “Put the phone down! Make a conscious choice not to drive while distracted and stay safe by making the single most important decision each time you enter a vehicle – buckle up!”

Good’s advocacy for victims has led to her appearing on Oprah and in People Magazine.

After the loss of her parents, Good joined FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving. FocusDriven is a survivor advocate network that supports cell phone distracted driving victims and their families. Individuals and families educate the public by sharing their personal stories. The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee works with FocusDriven to provide Good’s presentations in schools across the state.

Good’s struggle continues as she faces day to day life without the support of her parents and the paralysis that she suffered as a result of the accident. She has turned this tragedy into a passion and an opportunity to make sure that the death of her parents was not in vain.