Students Get Real World Lesson On Distracted Driving

Nationally recognized public speaker Jacy Good delivers a powerful message on distracted driving to students at West Johnston High on Friday, Nov. 17.

Nationally recognized public speaker Jacy Good delivered a powerful message on distracted driving to students at Corinth Holders High and West Johnston High on Friday.

Good used her own life experiences to teach the high school students the dangers of distracted driving. In 2008, Jacy was traveling home from her college graduation in Pennsylvania with her parents when an 18-year-old man using his cell phone caused a crash that left both of her parents dead and her with major injuries.

After the crash Good said she was given just a 10 percent chance of survival but made it through several months of recovery and rehabilitation in the hospital.

After recovering from the life-altering tragedy Good began campaigning for a cell phone ban in Pennsylvania. She has now become an internationally known figure for pushing for legislation regulating cell phone use while driving.

Good and her husband, Steve Johnson, travel the country as safe driving advocates, often times speaking with groups of high school students. According to Good, they have shared their safe driving message with more than 200,000 people.

Corinth Holders JoCo Teen Driver students met with safe driving Jacy Good after a presentation on Friday. From left are Abby Brees, Shannon Homick, Casey Glover, Jacy Good, Steve Johnson, Ali Blanco, Angie Blanco and JoCo Teen Driver adviser and teacher Mary Katheryn Jones.

“This presentation gave me a full picture of what she went through,” said West Johnston High student Jalin Graham. “I learned about habits I need to cut and will definitely make different choices after hearing her story.”

During her visit, Good applauded the measures the school district is taking to promote safe driving to its students, like JoCo Teen Drivers, a student-led program that promotes safe driving to all students.

“A lot of schools don’t even have a SADD club, so to see something like JoCo Teen Drivers is awesome,” said Good. “We’ve never seen anything like it in the country.”

Street Safe U.S. is responsible for bringing Jacy Good to North Carolina to speak to high school students across the state.