A focus on distraction

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Last year saw a five percent increase in distracted driving accidents in Nebraska. The state has launched a campaign to combat that trend.

Public Service Announcements are one tool that the National Safety Council of Nebraska is using to curb the rising numbers of distracted driving.

The distracted driving campaign is created and designed to make people aware that distracted driving has real life consequences.

The Woodens lost their daughter Ashley when a distracted driver crashed into their van at 132nd and Blondo.

"We went into that intersection and our life was changed because a gentlemen blew through a red light, rolled us about two-and-a-half times, ended up upside down and our life was forever changed because my daughter, I never got to talk to her again."

Tim and his family are passionate about making a difference and hope this campaign is just a start.

“It's not worth it. The cell phone, answering the phone, answering the email, answering the call is not worth someone's life."

The PSAs will start in December and run through August of next year.

To find out more, visit ddaffectedme.org.