Austin Ardman, a 20-year-old college student, was jogging in College Station last December when he was hit and killed by a distracted driver. The woman admitted to police she had been texting when the accident happened.
Neal’s dad has created a public service announcement (PSA) to reach as many people as he can and warn them about texting while driving. Simply put, his message is “Put down the phone. We’re killing people senselessly.”
All around us while we are on the road driving, we see people texting and talking despite the well-known consequences — severe injuries or death. Ardman wants people to remember his son every time they pick up their phone while driving. Is it worth losing your life? Is it worth taking the life of another?
The woman involved in the accident that killed Ardman was not impaired in the usual sense of the word. Instead, she made a conscious decision to use her cellphone while travelling at 60 mph. It was an irresponsible decision and the consequences are far-reaching and long lasting. For Mr. Ardman, the senseless loss of his son’s life walks with him every day.
By giving a face to the distracted driving statistics, Mr. Ardman wants his son’s death to be the catalyst for stopping someone else from texting while driving and injuring themselves and/or killing someone.
Don’t text and drive. The consequences are just too drastic for it to be a smart thing to do when phone calls and comments CAN wait until later.