Don’t risk fate, the text can wait
The slogan of the campaign is honest and confronting: ‘‘Don’t risk fate New Zealanders, the text can wait.’’
Tokoroa’s Jade Beale, her sister Renee and their friend Arianna Ashworth, who were almost killed in a car crash last year, are now heading a campaign to encourage drivers to think twice about texting while driving.
The former Forest View High School teacher spoke at a teen driver expo in Tokoroa recently, and will also speak to high-risk teens in Hamilton.
Her story was also featured on Campbell Live and subsequent follow-up pieces were held with the show’s producers speaking to the son of the woman who was killed in Jade’s collision.
The car crash happened on State Highway 1, north of Tirau near Pairere on December 22 where the three women were all seriously injured when a vehicle crossed the centre line and crashed into their car.
All three women suffered horrendous injuries and the driver of the other vehicle, Paula Adele Jessep, died at the scene.
Investigations showed Ms Jessep was having a text conversation on her mobile phone when the accident happened.
If you would like more information please contact Jade through facebook. com/ Dont RiskFateNZersTheTextCanWait or 027 206 4139.
MESSAGE: Car crash survivors Jade Beale (left) with her sister Renee and their friend Arianna Ashworth encourage drivers not to text while driving.