Hang UP!

Posted on April 20, 2018

Stash it...

From a young age we are told to find our passion. Robye Nothnagel found hers, but there certainly had to be an easier way than being launched over the hood of a Honda, smashing into a windshield and spending months healing.

Maybe you’ve seen bright yellow magnets on the back of cars. Or seen 9News or Channel 4, read the article in the Vail Daily, saw a promo from CDOT or been part of a presentation. This is the culmination of Robye’s almost-two-year campaign to get drivers to put their phones down.

“I think it was a little recovery, it’s helped in a sense,” Robye shares. “There’s a lot of people who advocate and are doing it in memory of someone who died. I felt as a survivor, I wanted to share my story.”

Robye’s story is a harrowing one: In February 2017, she was in the crosswalk in Texas as part of six people. Out of nowhere, an young driver careened through the crosswalk, plowing into Robye, smashing her tibia, breaking her pelvis in four places. She was in ICU, then the hospital then a rehab facility.

That was just the start. There’s been doctor visits and much physical therapy. Not to mention the panic attack the first time she got behind the wheel. All for an accident that really didn’t need to happen.

According to the CDC, each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. That number is low, too. Many accidents that are caused by distracted driving are not necessarily tracked, Robye notes. She's making changes and involved across the board.

"Robye is a great community advocate for safe driving! She took an accident that could have been life crippling and drew strength out of it to make sure that no one else becomes a victim. It's inspiring to see her passion and dedication to improving our roadways for the safety of all," shares Mikayla Curtis, ERYC's manager of strategic impact.

Maybe when you’re out walking about you’ve seen drivers, thinking they are surreptitious, glance down at their ever-present phone. Texting and driving seems omnipresent. Guess what, parents? You’re no less guilty of texting than your kids… and your kids notice. It’s time to put an end to it, Robye says. The bright yellow magnet that boldly states ‘stash it,’ hopefully is a step to get people to their phones down: no talking, no texting.

“What I hope, is by me telling my story gives, it gives an impact,” Robye says. “This magnet keeps it in their mind. Changing behavior is hard, I know that. It’s a hard fight but the consequences are so much worse.”

Want to be part of the solution? It’s easy. Stash it, put it down, don’t answer, turn it off, download the app that automatically disables your phone if you get over 10 mph, download the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on the iOS11.

“EverDrive logged and analyzed 781 million driving miles from Boston to San Francisco and back last year and found that with an average of 6 percent of trip time spent on the phone, more than 46 million miles were spent on the phone.”

The app is working, so says EverDrive. Get in on it. Bottom line, put the phone down. A text is not worth your life, or someone else’s, now is it? Reach out to Robye if you want to learn more locally: email Robye at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and #codrivesafe—but not when you’re behind the wheel.

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