Health
10:01 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Victim of Texting and Driving says "No Text Is Worth the Risk"

 

This afternoon at 2 p.m., students at Rush- Henrietta High School will be presented with an original video encouraging young drivers to resist the urge to text and drive.

They will also have a chance to try out an online simulator that provides a safe environment to experience first-hand the dangers of texting while driving. It's all part of a national campaign called "It Can Wait". Research has found texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.  

22-year-old Wil Craig is a victim of texting while driving. The young adult from Kentucky will tell his story to Rush Henrietta students. Five years ago his then girlfriend was speeding and attempted to send a text message when she lost control of the car they were in.   

"She was speeding and texting. She was typing 'Where R' when we hit a tree at 120 mph," says Craig.  

Wil had a 4 percent chance of survival. He suffered traumatic brain injury, a collapsed lung and broken ribs. After eight weeks in a coma and intensive rehabilitation, Wil was able to regain his speech and mobility. He is now the national spokesperson for the "It Can Wait" anti-texting-while-driving campaign.