Let’s Talk: A Distracted Driving conversation

A student crosses the street between Sparkman 9th Grade School & Sparkman High School (Photo: WHNT)

A student crosses the street between Sparkman 9th Grade School & Sparkman High School (Photo: WHNT)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – School has been back in session for a couple of weeks now. School zones are once again jammed on weekday mornings and afternoons. Parents in a rush to drop off or pick up. High school students running late to class or in a hurry to get out.

As part of our Distracted Driving Project, WHNT News 19, Joe King of Morris, King, & Hodge, and Sgt. Brent Patterson of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office were at Sparkman 9th Grade School Monday to continue the conversation about the dangers of distracted driving via Facebook Live.

On Jeff Rd. in Madison County, five different schools line the road. All have a tremendous amount of traffic at drop-off and dismissal. Unfortunately, it only takes one look around the school parking lot to see many of these drivers – teens and adults – aren’t paying attention behind the wheel.

Answering a text message is a quick and easy way to communicate with friends and family. But if you’re behind the wheel, you are putting your life and the lives of others at risk. That’s the message the partners with the Distracted Driving Project want you to know.

There are several options for families to help their teen drivers become more aware of the dangers of texting and driving. One of which is a scholarship program. Morris, King & Hodge is helping to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving by sponsoring the 3rd Annual Driver Safety Scholarship program. The law firm will award three scholarships to 2017 graduating seniors and/or rising freshmen in Alabama colleges and universities who create an original essay explaining the dangers of texting and driving and practical steps to ending this momentous problem. The deadline for submitting entries is April 21, 2017. Learn more by clicking here.

To watch, just click here and remember, while the Facebook Live may be over, you can weigh in anytime on our WHNT News 19 Facebook page.