February 20, 2018
The Athens State University Staff Senate recently hosted a Distracted Driving seminar featuring David Little. Little earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Athens State in 1997 and is currently a wealth advisor in Huntsville, AL.
During his speech, Little shared facts and statistics about the dangers of distracted driving as well as his personal story about how his family was affected by a car accident caused by a distracted driver in 2008. Since that incident, Little has become a vocal advocate for safe driving, shining a light on the nation’s tragic distracted driving epidemic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted driving in 2015 alone. In the state of Alabama, not only is it illegal to text while driving, but all cell phone use is banned for drivers age 16 -17 who have held an intermediate license for less than six months.
Little strongly encourages drivers to put their phones away before they get behind the wheel. Not only will this allow them to focus on the road, but it will also help to prevent unnecessary tragedies.