ITHACA, N.Y. — Advocates Jacy Good and Steve Johnson, who travel and work to combat distracted driving, are visiting several locations in Tompkins County this week to give presentations on the dangers of distracted driving.
Jacy and Steve will share their tragic story along with experiences of victims of distracted driving for law enforcement focused groups, the Ithaca Police Department said in a news release. Jacy was involved in a crash about 10 years ago driving home with her parents.
According to the story on their website, Jacy and her parents were struck head-on by a tractor trailer as they entered an intersection with green lights. The truck had swerved to avoid a man coming from the intersecting road who had tried to turn left through a red light. The man was talking on his phone at the time. Jacy’s parents didn’t make it, and she was left partially paralyzed. Since the crash, Jacy and her husband, Steve, have worked to educate the public about the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. Many have likely heard Jacy’s message in AT&T’s “It Can Wait” public service announcement.
In 2016, there were 3,450 people killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There will be presentations at different locations in Ithaca, Dryden and Newfield.
Their scheduled appearances are as follows:
- 5 p.m. Monday at Tompkins Cortland Community College, 170 North Street, Dryden.
- 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Ithaca High School Auditorium, 1401 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca.
- 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Life Long at Ithaca, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.
- 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room, 101 East green Street, Ithaca. This presentation is incorporated into the Distracted Driving Diversion Class.
- 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cornell University’s Weill Hall, 237 Tower Road, Ithaca.
- 8 a.m. Thursday at Newfield High School, 247 Main Street, Newfield.