RESTON, Va. (CBSDC) — Each year more than 3,000 people in the United States are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Amanda Kloehr was nearly one of them. Instead, she lost an eye, shattered an ankle and is living with 36 metal plates in her reconstructed face.
The 24-year-old Enola, Pennsylvania woman is in Washington today to talk about her experience and unveil a docking station that allows for hands-free phone calls while disabling texting. Kloehr says she remembers being distracted by her phone, her GPS, and the radio. She didn’t notice that the semi-truck she was trailing had stopped in her lane.
“You see these accidents on TV and they hear it on the radio,” says Kloehr, “and they think, ‘Oh, that’s not me.’ I thought, ‘That’s not me.'”
Kloehr doesn’t believe new technology by itself will solve the problem. It’ll take ongoing law enforcement efforts and a cultural shift. She notes that drunken driving used to be accepted but now it’s absolutely taboo.
“It’s kind of the same thing. You’re going to have to change the culture.”
While she considers herself lucky, Kloehr says she continues to have pain that “no 24-year-old should have to experience.”