CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Eleventh and 12th-grade students at John Jay High School attended an assembly on the dangers of distracted driving last week, presented by Jacy Good, a nationwide speaker on the topic.
Good suffered the painful outcome of distracted driving when she lost her parents and faced serious injuries as the result of a car accident with a driver who was talking on a cell phone. The crash took place on the way home from Good’s college graduation, and she survived despite doctors giving her only a 10 percent chance.
Good said that as new or soon-to-be drivers, it is important for teens to understand the possible impact and consequences of the decisions one makes behind the wheel. The assembly showed the students that all drivers have the ability to take safety measures and help prevent tragedies such as the one Good experienced.
The presentation was made possible thanks to a grant obtained by local State Trooper Thomas Libretti. It was coordinated at John Jay High School by school social worker Kiri Ryan.