Good’s parents were killed, and she was permanently injured in a 2008 crash in which a driver used a cellphone. The video was made by YouTube’s @SummerBreak and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign.
Eleven teens die each day as a result of texting while driving.
And while 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, 35 percent admitted to doing it anyway, according to an AAA poll.
But former Lancaster County resident Jacy Good has a message in a new viral Facebook video: It can wait.
Good has become one of the nation’s most vocal opponents of distracted driving after a driver on a cellphone caused a 2008 crash that killed her parents and left her permanently injured.
The cast of the reality Youtube series @SummerBreak partnered with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign in an exclusive video for Teen Vogue to ask teens whether or not they use their phones while driving.
The teens interviewed admitted to enthusiastically checking their phones when they receive notifications because they didn’t want to be out of the loop.
But their minds quickly changed when they talk to Good as she describes the harrowing crash that claimed her parents.
Good, who currently lives in White Plains, New York, had just graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown and was being driven home to Brunnerville by her parents when her family’s station wagon was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer driver swerved to avoid a minivan that had failed to stop at a red light. The minivan driver was talking on his phone.
But even talking on the phone using Bluetooth or a phone’s speaker function is dangerous, Good said at a safe driving seminar in 2014 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Jay and Jean Good died at the scene. Jacy Good had a terrible litany of critical injuries, including a shattered pelvis, damaged carotid arteries and a traumatic brain injury.
She spent two months in Reading Hospital, and two more months in a rehabilitation hospital relearning how to walk and talk.
After hearing Good’s story, the teens were asked to confess to her that, sometimes, they text and drive.
Most were visibly shaken. Most couldn’t do it. And most promised to break their habit.