GLENDALE — A mangled, scorched truck parked on Glendale Community College’s main quad on Tuesday was a reminder that distracted driving could have tragic consequences.
Glendale police on Tuesday displayed the badly damaged truck on the campus in an effort to warn students of the potential consequences of inattention.
Student Renald Calixte, 20, doesn’t have a driver’s license, but said he wouldn’t attempt to drive while talking on a hand-held cell phone.
“Hopefully, [the students] get moved by it because there are tons of accidents,” Calixte said.
Longtime Glendale police volunteer Jorge Acevedo helped organize the display after he said he noticed several students walking or driving to school while talking on hand-held cell phones.
“Unfortunately, we find that 80% of the collisions that occur involve some type of distracted driving, and therefore our education platform is very critical,” police Lt. Gary Montecuollo said.