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National Speaker Shows Local Teens Effects of Distracted Driving
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 16, 2013 @ 8:02PM
Created on February 16, 2013 @ 7:10PM

"There's only two things that stop car crashes from happening: a yellow line and choices," said public speaker Cara Filler. 

Those choices can be prevented, so Cara Filler has made it her life's mission to help drivers make better ones.
 
Local law enforcement and teens from Harrison, Marion, and Taylor Counties all took part in a Teen Driving Safety Summit Saturday at the Days Inn in Bridgeport.
 
The Governor's Highway Safety Program and State Farm have put on a ten school tour this week, hoping to heighten teen's awareness about speeding and distracted driving.
 
This issue hits close to home for Cara Filler, who became a traffic safety public speaker, after her twin sister died in a car crash.
 
Filler said, "She made a bad choice. Got into a car with someone who was speeding excessively. He lost control, and I never saw my twin sister again."
 
Filler says that we shouldn't refer to preventable car wrecks as car accidents.
 
"I'm fascinated that we still call it a car accident, because in reality, the word accident by definition is something you can't prevent from happening."
 
She added, "A car crash is totally preventable. When people decide to speed, drink and drive, smoke whatever it is and drive anyway, text message while driving, you throw common sense out the window."
 
Some things teens learned about were winter driving tips, school projects, and some statistics about distracted driving, including the fact that when you send a text message while driving, you're 23 times more likely to be in an accident.  And when you text, you're impairment is the same as if you drank an entire case of beer.
 
Filler uses her own personal story to relate to students and really drive home an important message.
 
Liberty High School student Sarah Smith said, "Having the attitude that nothing bad will happen to me even though I'm young and we seem to think that we're invincible, it can happen to me."
 
And as far as texting and driving goes, Smith added, "It can wait. It really can."

You may want to remember that if you blow a .08, you're considered legally drunk in the Mountain State.


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