Alabamians push to bring awareness to distracted driving


ALABAMA (WIAT) — It’s easy to find distracted drivers on the interstate, but Michelle Lunsford is hoping a billboard with her daughters face will make drivers think twice. 

“I know I’ve reached a lot of people but this billboard, a 100,000 people a week will pass by and see it so we’re talking in the 3 month period it’ll be up, 1.2 million people,” Lunsford said. “That to me is more so impactful.”

Lunsford said the timing of this billboard commemorates a lot of significant dates.

“It’s going to be up Monday January 21 through April 14, which she passed February 22,” Lunsford said. “It will honor that day , her birthday in March and also the hands free bill that will be read in Montgomery the second weekend of March.”

In Talladega County, Childersburg High School is sending a message about distracted driving too. They recently made a short film for the “Safe Rides Save Lives” contest. 

“It was graphic but it brought an awareness and i’m just praying this video will help save lives of other students,” Dr. Quentin Lee, principal of Childersburg High School, said.

Dr. Lee said this short clip shows students going to prom and dying in a distracted driving accident. He said first responders helped make it feel more real, and it did.

“It became so real that I kind of flashed out and was just thinking what happens if we ran up on the scene and this kids lives were over and hearing the kids yell for their friends and one of their friends wasnt responding, just very emotional and it brought real,” Lee said.

Whether it’s through a short clip or a billboard, different groups are trying to get the word out. 

“One person leaving this earth affects so many people and on I think its so sad because it could have been preventable,” Lunsford said. 

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