ATLANTA - Channel 2 steers Georgia drivers toward safer choices in an important primetime special, “Wait 2 Text.”
The show, hosted by Channel 2 Action News anchors Fred Blankenship and Linda Stouffer, tackles texting and distracted driving head-on.
Blankenship introduces viewers to the family of Caleb Sorohan, a Morgan County teen who lost his life in a car accident. Sorohan was driving…texting…and killed instantly. “He was just a normal kid, he was just like everyone else and it happened to him,” Sorohan’s brother, Alex, told Channel 2.
The Sorohan family’s emotional interview reminds viewers that this tragedy can strike anyone without warning. Viewers also learn how this inspiring family has turned their heartache into a mission for change.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nine people die in a distracted driving-related accident every day, and more than 1000 are injured. Stouffer gives viewers a look at the hard road to recovery through the story of a 23-year old Georgia woman who suffered life-changing injuries after an accident with a distracted driver.
Information & Resources:
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Safe America Foundation
- Apps to prevent texting and driving
“Drivers who text behind the wheel threaten their life and the lives of everyone else on the road,” said Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. “We hope that this Channel 2 special will bring the importance home to our viewers that accidents caused by distracted driving are 100% preventable.” McVay adds, “Running this special in primetime reinforces Channel 2’s commitment to improving the safety on our roads and gives us all a reason to ‘Wait 2 Text.’”
And in a memorable demonstration, “Wait 2 Text” shows viewers the road test most drivers would fail and how that test is shifting the driving habits of those who take it. Channel 2 also explores a variety of proposed high-tech solutions to distracted driving, and asks the question, “Do these tools really help or are they equally distracting?”
About Channel 2 WSB-TV The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta’s number one local television station. The station also operates its website, wsbtv.com, its mobile site, wap.wsbtv.com, and airs MeTV on its digital channel 2.2.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.