Trucker’s “Emotional” New Video Aims to Slow Dangerous Highway Killer
Little Rock, AR – A trucker who already has one viral video to his credit is now hoping to bring awareness to another safety issue he calls a “big problem.”
Truck driver Bill Everly released “The Life of an OTR Driver” in January 2019.
Much to his surprise, it quickly went viral within the trucking community.
He has just released a new video he says is inspired by a tragic automobile accident that claimed the life of a young girl and another motorist.
Everly says the goal of his newly released video, “Taking A Child’s Life: The Story of Little Kelly,” is to “slow down” distracted driving.
“There’s so many different ways people get distracted from driving,” he says. “It’s not only texting.”
Truckers know all-too-well the dangers of driving while distracted.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is defined as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
In recent years, data compiled by the NHTSA reveals as many as 10% of all fatal crashes involve a distracted driver.
However, law enforcement officers routinely point out that distracted driving statistics under represent the overall problem because drivers involved in such activities often do not self-report.
Further, investigators say they frequently must rely on witness accounts to make at-fault determinations, which can also result in skewed data.
Still, there were 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017 alone, the NHTSA says.
Not surprisingly, young people are most at-risk of engaging in this behavior, according to NHTSA data.
The most common distraction associated with distracted driving-related crashes is cell phone use.
Also not surprisingly, young people are most at-risk for this behavior too.
Everly says he is hoping drivers will not just consider their own safety, but the safety of children riding as passengers in their vehicle or in vehicles traveling around them.
“A lot of emotion went into this video,” Everly admits.
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