FocusDriven Partners with Miss South Dakota USA ® 2012 Taylor Neisen
Omaha, NE - FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving is proud to partner with Taylor Neisen, Miss South Dakota USA® 2012. In her role as spokesperson, Taylor will share the dangers of cell phone distracted driving and encourage those she meets to take the pledge to drive cell free. Cell phone distracted driving is involved in approximately 1.3 million – 23 percent – of all crashes, according to the National Safety Council.
“With my generation constantly ‘staying connected’ via social media networks and text messages, it's so important to inform my peers how dangerous it is to do these things while driving. Our society is so obsessed with multi-tasking that we forget to slow down. No text message or phone call is worth a life. Working as a nanny, this is especially important to me. Those kiddos are my precious cargo and I couldn't stand the thought of losing them or any of my loved ones in a distracted driving related crash,” said Taylor Neisen, Miss South Dakota USA® 2012.
“We’re excited about Taylor’s passion for this issue,” said Rob Reynolds, executive director for FocusDriven. “In order for us to change social acceptance about cell phone use while driving we need to educate the public about the dangers of handheld and hands-free use. Taylor will help us continue this dialog and have an even greater impact.”
Drivers are four times as likely to crash when using a cell phone. Texting increases crash risk by 8 to 23 times. FocusDriven encourages drivers to ban all cell phone use – handheld and hands-free – while driving