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Jacy Good and her husband speak to students at New Hanover High School about distracted driving (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover High School students received an important message Monday morning.

It was about the dangers of distracted driving as they grow old enough to get behind the wheel of a car.

Jacy Good almost died nine years ago when a distracted teen driver ran a red light and caused an accident. She lost both of her parents that day.

Now, Good and her husband, Steve, travel the country to share her story and try to convince young people to put the phone down while driving.

“I think the biggest message is there’s nothing on our phone more important than a human life and I think everyone knows that in their brain, but we actually gotta live it. We have to carry it out on the roads,” said Good.

District attorney Ben David was also on hand Monday at NHHS to show support for Good’s mission.

Estimates say people using their phones while driving cause half a million injuries in the United States each year.

Good says educating people early as they learn to drive can help curb phone use in the car.

“I think it’s easier to set a good habit, than to have a bad habit and try and break it. I think getting to speak to younger people, maybe they haven’t been driving as long, maybe it’s a little bit easier for them to set the right habits,” said Good.

NHHS’s principal, Rob Morgan, thinks that Good’s message will make its mark.

“Having some of these students hear this story for the very first time, I think they did a really good job, frankly, of paying attention. There were definitely some emotional responses as pictures came up, when they were showing different phases of their life, and so I think it was positive,” said Morgan.

Good and her husband spoke at Laney High School Monday afternoon and they have plans to share their message at Ashley High School and Hoggard High School on Tuesday.

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  • Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While many states seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that North Carolina has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

    • guest45

      very well said, a month ago I witnessed a guy in a county fire department pickup truck with the lights on going down the highway at 70mph plus and texting on his phone as he flew down the road, and this was a narrow, 2 lane road with a 45mph limit, the state should lead by example.

    • Christopher Meyers

      I agree, it isn’t only a teen problem, I see grandmothers doing it, grown men doing it, police officers doing it, truck drivers doing it, delivery people doing it, among many other groups. If I were a cop, I could write 5-10 tickets each way to work with what I see. Nobody cares, regardless of how severe the dangers are proven to be, they just can’t put those damn phones down for 5 minutes. They just have to keep on drifting into other lanes, bike lanes, on-coming traffic, erratic speed changes, erratic braking for no reason other than a “phone response”. People are being killed due to this absurd practice. In my opinion, there’s no difference between someone lacking the control to prevent drinking and driving and someone lacking the control to put their phone down and drive responsibly. The end results are the same……

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