Ten-year-old Jordin Gaut of Reno is hoping to turn her class project into a Reno-area public service announcement about ending distracted driving on our roads.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distractions can last as long as 27 seconds after drivers use voice-based technology, change music or send a text.
"A lot of times I go on the news and I see people getting hit or injured and that kind of relates to my topic about texting and driving and I just want to spread the word,” Gaut explains.
She attends Double Diamond Elementary and her teacher, Ms. Thorson, had the class complete a project modeled after Toastmasters, which is an organization that focuses on public speaking and communication skills.
Gaut is on the blue track within the Washoe County School District, so her summer break is almost here.
Recent statistics show drivers talking on cellphones are up to four times as likely to crash as people who don't, while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash. Gaut is hoping to share this presentation with law enforcement agencies to create a Reno area PSA, as she states, “Please don't text and drive; it takes a lot of lives every day and it injures people and it’s not okay, and whenever somebody texts or calls you, it’s not that important to answer right away while you're driving."
It’s a matter that has affected her recently while leaving school, as she explains, “We were walking across the street and a whole bunch of cars were lined up and one car just flew pass and almost hit us."
This young lady isn't even old enough to drive, but she's old enough to know right from wrong, adding, “Texting and driving is not safe or cool, it is dangerous and can harm others. Please don't text and drive."
Gaut and her family asked KOLO 8 to forward her video to the City of Reno, which we did. Officials have responded to us so we will keep you updated on the outcome.