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Posted on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

Graphic MDOT distracted-driving video part of campaign to warn motorists of danger

By Cindy Heflin

The Michigan Department of Transportation has posted a video on YouTube dramatizing the possible devastating consequences of distracted driving, Mlive reports.

The Michigan Department of Transportation's communications office produced an 8-minute video re-enactment of an accident's aftermath as part of an awareness campaign called "Remembering Ally."

It's named in memory of Ally Zimmerman, a Romeo High School student who died at age 16 of injuries she suffered in a car accident. Police said a distracted driver caused the crash.

A shorter video shows Ally singing and warns drivers of their responsibility to keep themselves and others safe when they’re behind the wheel.

MLive staff, including, recently collaborated on a series examining distracted driving in Michigan. A bill to ban teen drivers from using cellphones is working its way through the Michigan legislature.



Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

I just passed a young 20-something lady in a small silver car on Southbound US 23 all over the roadway and shoulder and sporting Ron Paul for President, Annoy a Liberal, Go to Work and Be Happy, and Proud Sister of a United States Marine bumper stickers, who, as I passed her, yup, texting away. I laid on my horn, she never even looked up.


Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 2:31 a.m.

It's not just the 20 somethings, it's the 30,40,and 50 somethings too. Laying on the horn isn't a good idea though. Startling someone already distracted into making another driving mistake that might cause some to get injured doesn't make anything better.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 7:10 a.m.

Prosecute these distracted drivers as we would drunk drivers and maybe they'll get the message that killing people to message isn't cool. At least drunk drivers try, these distracted drivers are worse than drunk drivers, and they are getting away with murder.

Richard Wickboldt

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 10:34 p.m.

The piece says it is an reenactment. The video says it isn't a reenactment. Looks like somebody was distracted in putting this video together. Nonetheless. God bless Ally Zimmerman. A fallen warrior in the fight against the incompetent and ignorant drivers who engage in distracting activities.