NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local law firm wants to put an end to texting and driving. Hollins, Raybin & Weissman, P.C. is offering up to three scholarships to students who write the most compelling essay convincing others to follow the law.
Nashville driver David Weissman has had enough.
“As a father to two teenage girls who just started driving, it scares me to death. One minute you are fine, the next second your life is destroyed because somebody couldn’t wait to respond with a text,” Weissman told News 2.
He’s also a personal injury attorney, so he often deals with the aftermath of those who text while driving.
“I would bet you fifty percent of the cases that come into my office are the result of texting and driving. You see people who are literally having their lives ruined, people who are killed, people who are paralyzed, people who are getting surgeries, it’s terrible.”
Texting while driving combines three types of distractions: visual, manual and cognitive. Not only is it dangerous, it is illegal in Tennessee.
Weissman’s says he is making it his personal mission along with his law firm to deter it.
“As a personal injury attorney, it’s kind of contradictory to what I do to make these streets safer, but I would definitely take the hit on cases to not have people hurt by texting and driving,” Weissman explained.
He added, “Peer pressure can stamp out texting and driving and we hope to tap into peer pressure in a positive way.”
The firm will give three students the opportunity to win $1,000. For more information on the contest, click here.