Jacy Good’s “Hang Up & Drive” Tells How Distracted Driving Can Changes Lives In An Instant

September 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Most college students seem unable to function without a cellphone. On Tuesday, September 25 the students at the University of South Carolina Upstate will be given the opportunity to hear from Jacy Good on how a young man talking on a cellphone claimed the lives of both her parents and left her with a 10% chance of survival.

Good will deliver her message “Hang Up and Drive” at 6:00 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

Less than a year after that 2008 life-altering tragedy Good began to campaign for a cell phone ban in her native Pennsylvania. This unexpectedly triggered an avalanche of interview requests and public appearances. Since April 2010 Good has been on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a guest of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations, a “Hero Among Us” in People Magazine, a speaker at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, on NPR’s Car Talk, and been featured in dozens of articles, television news pieces, and press conferences nationwide.

“Distracted driving has caused so much physical and emotional pain in my life, and I never want anyone to go through what I’ve been through.  Deaths and injuries from cell phone use behind the wheel are senseless and one hundred percent preventable,” said Good.

Since June 2010, Good and her fiancé, Steve Johnson, have spoken at more than 100 events across the country to nearly 100,000 people, encouraging the public to make safer choices, companies to develop and enforce cell phone policies, and legislators to put in place the necessary laws to protect the public.

She helped New York Governor Andrew Cuomo kick off the Operation Hang Up initiative on April 24, 2012 with a press conference in Manhattan. During the week of Operation Hang Up New York state used unmarked police cars specifically enforcing laws concerning any handheld cell phone use behind the wheel. Last year troopers handed out more than 800 tickets during the first round of Operation Hang Up. Good also worked with state congressmen for several years to pass laws regarding cell phone use while driving in Pennsylvania. In March 2012 a texting ban finally went into effect.

Jacy Good’s presentation at USC Upstate is free and open to the public. For more details, contact the USC Upstate Office of Student Life at (864) 503-5122.