Girl’s heartbreaking story will make you think twice before texting while driving

Posted at 10:13 PM, Nov 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-02 22:13:59-05

A young woman whose life was irrevocably changed by texting while driving has released a heartbreaking public service announcement

The YouTube video posted by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a glimpse into the life of Liz Marks’ life.

“This is the story of how my daughter Liz’s car accident from texting while driving has changed our lives forever. If you get a text, don’t look at it while you’re driving. It’s not worth it,” reads the caption of the video posted to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s YouTube page.

Liz Marks said that she was in high school when she was involved in an accident caused because she was reading a text while driving.

The wreck left her blind in one eye and hard of hearing. It also left her with a diminished sense of smell and she is no longer able to create tears or fall asleep without medication. She says the most difficult part of all of it, was going from being very social and popular to being alone, without friends.


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“We hope that Liz Marks’ story will remind you of what’s at stake when we say #JustDrive. Please watch this brave testimony from Liz and her mother Betty, and share it with your loved ones,” the Department of Transportation’s Todd Solomon wrote.