Survivor says "Put Your Phones Down"

You see distracted drivers on the road all the time, many of them using their cell phones behind the wheel. It's dangerous and in some cases deadly. It's busy roadways and intersections like Troy Highway and the Eastern Boulevard that make it easy for some drivers to send a quick text or chat on the phone. But one distracted driver crash survivor is asking us to hang up and drive to save a life.

In 2008, Jacey Good was the typical 21-year-old. She had loving family, boyfriend and had just earned her college degree.

"It started as the very best morning of my life," Good said.

It was graduation day and things changed forever when an 18-year-old guy talking on a cell phone hit the car she and her family were driving on a highway in Pennsylvania, killing both of her parents.

"What conversation is more important than my parents life and my livelihood," Good said.

The accident also left Jacey with a body that barely works.

"I had a broken left tibia and fibula, two broken feet, a broken wrist, a broken collar bone, a shattered pelvis, a lacerated liver, collapsed lungs, damaged arteries and a traumatic brain injury," Good said.

After three years of physical therapy, good is now taking her message across the country, making a stop in Montgomery as a part of the safe home Alabama traffic safety summit.

"You think you're a safe driver but there's thousands of people being killed every year because of this," Good said.

Statistics reveal 5,500 people are killed every year because of distracted driving and 80 percent of those incidents happen because of cell phone use.

"Turn your phone off, change your voicemail. Do whatever it takes to ignore that phone," Good said.

Since Montgomery implemented it's ordinance prohibiting the use of hand-held communication devices in 2010, police have issued 274 citations. In Prattville, police can actually stop you if they see texting, so far no citations have been issued.

"It won't be solved with laws. Laws do need to be in place but it's not the solution. It has to be a social and cultural change," Good said.

Good has filed a civil lawsuit against the 18-year-old teen responsible for killing her parents.

She has shared her story with over one hundred thousand people. Her next stop is Covington, Kentucky to speak to several colleges there. While she's disabled and can't work a regular job, she is working to get her message out that we need to hang up and put down our cell phones while driving.

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