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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Hang Up And Drive

The importance of not using your cellphone while driving was reiterated to students at Plainedge High School during a Hang Up and Drive presentation by guest speaker Jacy Good, who was in a tragic car accident the day she graduated from college. The accident took the life of her parents and left her with a 10 percent chance of surviving the night.

Her message of determination in beating the odds and story of how she came to understand how the accident happened offered firsthand insight into the repercussions of not only using your cellphone while driving, but not wearing a seatbelt. Her family’s car was hit by a 30-ton tractor trailer while it swerved out of the way to avoid hitting a car that went through a red light because the driver was distracted while making a phone call. Good’s mother, who was seated in the back, should have received the least impact from the crash, but was not wearing a seatbelt.

“I quickly learned that if I worked hard [in physical therapy] I could make myself stronger,” Good said. “Maybe I survived for a purpose.”

Her message for Plainedge students was clear: “There’s no safe way to use your phone and drive. I know it’s cliché, but there really is no excuse to not wear your seatbelt. I truly believe my mother would be alive today if she had worn her seatbelt.”