PPL employees in Pennsylvania drive more than 11 million miles a year serving our customers. That’s a lot of time on the road, so it’s vitally important that we avoid distracted driving.

It doesn’t matter whether you drive just around town or commute long distances. Life can change in an instant. Distracted driving is dangerous and can have serious consequences.

One person who is spreading that message is Jacy Good.

Her perspective on cell phone use and driving is personal. She was the victim of a distracted driver using a cell phone.

On the way home to Lititz in Lancaster County from her graduation from Muhlenberg College in Allentown in 2008, her life changed forever. A young man attempted a left turn through a red light. He was talking on his cell phone. A tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the man’s car and hit the vehicle carrying Good and her parents.

Good was critically injured.  She was given a 10 percent chance of survival. Both of her parents died in the crash.

Good (shown at right) and her husband, Steve Johnson, recently spoke to a meeting of PPL Electric Utilities managers.

They explained that 15 people are killed each day on roads in North America because of cell phone distracted driving and 1,100 are injured. “There is no safe way (to use a cell phone while driving),” Johnson told the audience.

Good spoke of the sadness of losing her parents and of her efforts to bring awareness to the problem of cell phone distracted driving. “There is nothing on my phone more important than the lives of my parents, than any other lives out there on the road,” she said.

Jacy’s story has been featured around the country, including with Oprah Winfrey and at the United Nations. Her website, www.hangupanddrive.com, offers a wealth of information. We invite you to check it out.

We’re sure you’ll agree that Jacy’s message is powerful. It shows that distracted driving can have tragic consequences. There is no safe way to text, check email, or talk on a cell phone when you’re driving.

Let’s all pledge to hang up and drive.