Monday, November 29, 2010

Faces of Distracted Driving

In 2009, distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people and injured a half million more. But, statistics never tell the whole story. Behind these numbers are children, parents, neighbors, and friends. They're families torn apart by senseless, preventable crashes.

On September 23, 2008, 13-year-old Margay Schee was riding home from school when a semi-truck slammed into the back of her school bus. She was killed when rescuers were unable to get her out of the burning wreckage. The truck driver was talking on his cell phone at the time of crash and said he never saw the bus.

Margay's mother, Elissa Schee, is a founding board member of FocusDriven, the first national nonprofit organization devoted specifically to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

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