MSP releases new PSA to highlight the dangers of distracted driving

Instead of just telling people what not to do, this month, Michigan State Police are using the tragic story of one man to hopefully encourage people to put down their cell phones when behind the wheel. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FREELAND, Mich. – Instead of just telling people what not to do, this month, Michigan State Police are using the tragic story of one man to hopefully encourage people to put down their cell phones when behind the wheel.

Now in his early 30s, St. Charles native Sam Howell says all he did was drop his cell phone as a teen and his life changed forever.

A new PSA is being used by MSP to spread awareness about distracted driving.

Howell was 19 when he crashed.

His parents say he was a smart teen, with a bright future.

Now he is back at college again.

But as an adult finds some of the simple things we may take for granted, to be very difficult for him now.

"My biggest challenge right now is making friends. Not being able to socialize when you talk differently,” said Howell.

Along with this PSA as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Michigan State Police plan to have more troopers on the roads looking specifically for distracted drivers starting next week.


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