PALMDALE – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and the Palmdale City Council proclaimed Wednesday, Sept. 12 as “Don’t Text and Drive Day” in the City of Palmdale in memory of Palmdale resident Jacob Hefter.
Hefter’s life was cut short in the Metrolink train crash on September 12, 2008 that was caused by the result of someone making the wrongful decision to text while driving a train.
“Jacob Hefter of Palmdale was a young man with a deep passion and respect for life and great ambitions, and was actively involved in the community on many different and diverse levels,” Ledford said at the Sept. 5 Palmdale City Council Meeting to Jacob’s parents, Alan and Angela Hefter. “He shared his love of life with others and helped them make positive choices.”
The Jacob Hefter Foundation was created to help build awareness on the perils of texting and driving, to provide assistance to young adults in their pursuit of higher education, and to raise awareness of making positive choices and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Also on Sept. 12, Chili’s Restaurants in Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita will donate a portion of the proceeds from meal purchases to the Jacob Hefter Foundation.
According to the National Safety Council estimates, at least 24 percent of all traffic crashes, or at least 1.4 million crashes each year, are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.
For more information about the Jacob Hefter Foundation, visit http://www.jacobhefterfoundation.org.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)