Hollywood Stunt Driver, Brett Solomano attempted a Guinness World Record by reversing a tractor trailer, the longest distance ever. He successfully drove backwards 54.48 miles (160 laps) around Turner Field - Gold Lot in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the event was to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, which helped to kick-off "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" in October.
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Atlanta, GA - October 15, 2020 On September 30, Hollywood Stunt Driver, motivational speaker and Australia native Brett Solomano attempted a Guinness World Record by reversing a tractor trailer, the longest distance ever. He successfully drove backwards 54.48 miles (160 laps) around Turner Field - Gold Lot in Atlanta, Georgia.
The purpose of the event was to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, which helped to kick-off "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" in October. Texting and talking while driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United Sates, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
On a typical day, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes, states the National Safety Council. Most people are not aware that in 2018, there were 400,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes with 2,841 of them fatal, due to not paying attention to the road. Among those killed were 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists. Source: NHTSA.
Because of these grim statistics, and in support of this worthwhile cause, Mr. Solomano is encouraging drivers to donate to the National Safety Council, the nation's leading nonprofit safety advocate, for their work in keeping drivers safe on the road. He wants individuals to also "Take The Pledge" to "Just Drive" and not be distracted while getting behind the wheel.
When taking the pledge you are agreeing that you will not:
According to Brett, "If somebody's driving near you while using their cell phone, these people are not looking out for your safety, let alone their own. That is one of the biggest reasons why you always need to be extra vigilant while on the road."
The distracted driving event was well received by road safety advocate and crash survivor Jacy Good. In the past, she was on her way home from her college graduation ceremony when a truck crashed into the vehicle she and her parents were driving in. Her mother and father died that night, and Jacy suffered multiple injuries including a TBI (traumatic brain injury). She had to re-learn how to walk and talk all over again. Her story serves as a heart-breaking reminder of why people shouldn't be pre-occupied while driving.
Jacy now gives talks to schools, communities and corporate events to remind people about the importance of staying focused on the road while driving, so that they don't have to live through the terrible experience she did.