Powerful Anti-Drunk Driving PSA Goes Viral on Facebook
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
When a senior from River View High School in Washington shared a powerful picture about drunk driving, she never expected it to go viral. Nesha Wesson was taking photographs at her high school for a drunk driving awareness event called “Every 15 Minutes.” The event inspired Wesson to share a photo and a short poem she wrote on Facebook, hoping to shed a light on the dangers of drinking and driving.
The now viral photo shows a teenager on a gurney covered with a white cloth as several emergency responders surround his body. “It wasn’t just a photo,” Wesson said to Washington, D.C. news station WJLA. “It has a message behind it.” The photo didn’t take long to go viral once it was posted online. “I’m in a little small town in Finley,” Wesson said to local news station WJLA. “I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere.” The post has already been shared over 59,000 times and has been liked over 37,000 times. Many people have left comments about just how powerful the photo truly is. “This was a very impactful experience for me and so many others when I was in high school,” one user shared. “Having been on the other side of this situation, getting that notification in the middle of the night that my loved one had died because of drinking and driving…it’s one of the worst feelings. I pray that this message reaches millions and that lives are saved because of it.” Wesson hopes the photo will make an impact on other people. “When I read messages, and they tell me where they’re from, they say it’s shared in New Zealand or in Australia,” Wesson told local news station WJLA. “But then they’ll have their whole message about how drunk driving has impacted their lives or their friends or their family, and it’s crazy to think that one small Facebook post can reach all over the world or country.” The reaction to the photo has been amazing, and Wesson hopes the public will truly absorb her message.
“The public reaction is crazy, but a good crazy,” Wesson told Your Daily Dish. “It’s phenomenal. I hope people realize that if you get behind a wheel after drinking, you’re not only risking your life, but someone else’s. I hope they understand the consequences.”
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