Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Parent to Parent: Distracted Driving
Most teens think they're invincible especially behind the wheel, but one local mom has a message that is changing their minds and their actions. 7's Lynn Martinez brings us Alex's story in tonight's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Linda Silva: "He played soccer. He was a chess master. He was very bright, had lots of friends, loved to party."
Alex silva never made it past the age of 19.
Linda Silva: "It was on June 25th, 2009."
He was driving home from a friend's house only seconds away from his front door when he lost control of the car.
Linda Silva: "Went over the swale, overcorrected, hit the tree and the median and died instantly. One of the officers, a friend of his actually, had said that it looked like he had dropped his phone."
Alex was apparently texting behind the wheel.
Linda Silva: "There were a lot of things going on to just make it the worst day for us ever."
Linda Silva: "The statistics are very scary."
Pediatric nurse Maricar Cabral says texting and driving is sending more teens to the ER.
Maricar Cabral: "We see everything from just a normal fender bender, to a full blown trauma because of texting and driving."
Alex's mom is using her loss to save lives, educating young people about the dangers of distracted driving.
Jose Rada: "The numbers indicate that about 20 percent of crashes of anyone between the age of 15 and 20, is due to a distracted driving event."
On this day, Linda is speaking to more than 800 students at Pine Crest School about the senseless accident that took her son's life.
Jose Rada: "Kids don't understand that when they go out that they may never see their parents again."
And the kids were listening.
Mahlet Yared: "One text can wait, it's not worth losing your life."
That's the message Linda will continue to spread in the hopes of saving more young lives.
Linda Silva: "Especially for the families that are waiting for them to come home and they're never going to see their children again."
Lynn Martinez: "Linda and another mom also started a web site to help parents who've lost children it's called Angels on your Shoulders."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Broward-Dade Safety Council:
Tel: (954) 763-4505
Broward Emergency Nurses Association:
Injury Prevention Symposium:
Nova Southeastern University
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011