Six Seconds

When 16-year-old Stephanie Kozlowski stepped into her car Easter morning 2016, she thought she would be going on a routine coffee run.

Drivers ages 16-19 are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. In nearly 60 percent of these cases, the accident occurs because of distracted driving in the six seconds before the crash. Kozlowski knows a lot can happen in six seconds.

“I had gone to Starbucks and had drinks for my family balanced on a tray,” Kozlowski said. “I made a right hand turn out of the driveway and onto the road.”

That was when the coffee started to spill.

“I was trying to stop the tray from tipping over,” Kozlowski said. “As I leaned down to get it off the floor, I took the wheel with me.”

In the seconds it took to reach over, …
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