Hang Up and Drive Assembly Connects with HS Students
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles:
It is illegal in Pennsylvania to use your cell phone while driving to send or receive texts, emails, or messages of any kind. If you are caught using your mobile device for any of the above purposes, the PA Department of Transportation will issue you a $50 fine. It is not illegal to make phone calls while driving.
Had making phone calls while driving been illegal in our state, Jacy Good’s life might have been everything she had dreamed.
In 14 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, drivers are prohibited from making phone calls using hand-held cell phones while driving. Not only is Pennsylvania not among these 14 states, unlike 38 states and DC it also does not have a law in place banning all cell phone use by novice drivers. And not a single state bans all cell phone use for all drivers.
Driving home from Muhlenberg College after graduation, Jacy Good was seriously injured and her parents were killed by a young driver who was talking on the phone. He stopped at a red light, but then turned through the intersection, although the light had not changed to green. His brain could not properly process information because, as studies have shown, he was distracted by his conversation on the phone. It did not matter whether he was holding the phone or using Bluetooth. His brain was occupied in such a way that he could not practice safe driving.
Jacy and her husband now travel the country spreading the message that putting your phone away while you drive can save lives. The couple also pushes for stricter distracted driving legislation in Pennsylvania and other states.
The Central Bucks School District was very fortunate to have Jacy Good and her husband, Steve Johnson, talk to students at all three high schools, putting a personal face on the dangers of distracted driving. Their visit was made possible by CB South Guidance Counselor Laura Ladley, who applied for a grant from CB Cares Educational Foundation. The district is grateful to CB Cares for making this event possible and available to all of our high schools.
For more on Jacy Good and Steve Johnson’s story and message, which has been featured on Oprah and CNN, go to their webpage.
The high schools are continuing this conversation in their homerooms. CB South has asked students and faculty to pledge to hang up and drive by signing a large banner that will be displayed in the school. School resource officers are also being tapped to share stories and statistics about distracted driving in our local community. And students are being encouraged to discuss at home what they have learned about the need to hang up and drive.
 Governors Highway Safety Association www.ghsa.org