On March 17, 2006, Karen Torres received a phone call that has forever changed her life. Her father, Patrick Mapleson, was struck and killed by a distracted driver while working along the highway. This began her journey as a safety advocate, speaker, and educator for teens, adults and organizations across New York. Karen is now a speaker for The National Safety Council and the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
Ms. Torres visited Hoosick Falls Central School this week and met with the senior class. During her presentation she shared her personal story and other real life stories and facts having to do with the danger of distracted driving. She encouraged the students to be advocates against this deadly habit giving them a list of what they could do to help stop texting and driving.
- Speak Up
- Offer to text for their friend who is driving
- Put your phone away
- Make a special ringtone for parents
- Take Uber/LYFT
- If you are uncomfortable, come up with an excuse to stop the car
For more information about Karen and the New York Traffic Safety Committee view her bio here.