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Restored muscle car helps grieving father spread the word on dangers of distracted driving

MLive -- West Michigan car buff Jeff Steere was walking through a muscle car show in Rosemont, Ill., with his buddy, Fred Beyer, last November when they stopped to look at a frost green Camaro with unusual wheel covers – not the kind you would normally find on a muscle car.

That’s when they met Todd Nelson, who explained that the wheel covers and the car were a tribute to his 18-year-old son, Taylor Nelson, who died in a 2009 car accident. His son was killed when his car was rear-ended by a 22-year-old driver who was texting while driving.

Nelson, of Seymour, Wis., explained he and his son had picked out the wheel covers and the paint job while rebuilding the Camaro as a father-son project. The grieving father was now showing the project he completed on his own as a memorial to his son and as a w


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:57:55 PM


Beautiful tribute to a Son!
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:21:13 PM

there are apps that disable phones while in motion... we all know someone who could use that app...
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:06:12 PM

Obviously the father misses his son & what a great gesture to honor his memory.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:04:34 PM

What a story. Thanks for posting this.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:00:23 PM

Thank you for submitting this, DellDude2.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:02:46 PM

VDubBill- Really? the sex of the driver isn't the point!!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:55:22 AM

the rims dont look that bad ive seen musle cars in my area rolling on 20's & 22inch rims now that is just strange
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:02:34 AM

There's nothing about the sex of the other driver and their punishment. I'm guessing the cell phone had rhinestones on it.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:39:23 AM

Nice.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:28:10 AM

tough laws to enforce until it causes an accident
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:21:26 AM

I shiver every time I see a texting driver - even stopped at a traffic light. By the way, I previously owned a green 6 cylinder 69 Camaro like their project car but I never knew the color name was Frost Green.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:06:15 AM

May the Lord comfort his family.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:58:56 AM

Job well done....
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:56:43 AM

It is good he is trying to educate people. I am sorry for his loss. I am glad he has found a way to deal with it. I hope he hasn't abandoned a wife at home to work through this alone.

Distracted driving. Some people just don't learn until it costs them money. I think they believe themselves superior to the rest of us and thus are capable of doing everything wrong with no consequences. I think those people are stupid and the odds just haven't caught up with them yet.

There needs to be much more done to catch and punish distracted drivers. People will stop if they know they are likely to get an expensive ticket. I've seen it in driving behavior. Everyone speeding on a road until they enter the city with a reputation of ticketing speeders, then they all slow down to the speed limit. Of course this can stop when enforcement stops. Michigan used to enforce the rule about trucks driving only in the right lane except to pass on highways. Enforcement was strong through the 1980's. So, in the early 1990's trucks on I-94 always stayed to the right. Then enforcement stopped. By 2000, you frequently found trucks cruising in the middle lane. Now, you hardly ever see trucks using the right lane except to exit. When you do see a truck in the right lane, they have plates from far away states.

Since cops are now too lazy to ticket anyone, either they need to go back to the quota system for tickets, or have cameras that can differentiate driver behavior then they can flag an offender and have a police employee review the tape and photos to issue tickets. Just refer to California to how to do this successfully, as they have used cameras for years. Then use a lot more of them than they do in California, because cameras are much cheaper today, and if you've driven in California you will find drivers doing 100 mph until they get to where the camera is, slow for the camera, then resume their stupid speed. Yes, they do this in heavy traffic.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:55:17 AM

Hang up and drive. Pay attention. I wish texting had never been invented.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:47:25 AM

so sad; but nothing to do with gasoline prices.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:46:26 AM

dopster, Well put!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:44:46 AM

Texting kills.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:43:54 AM

This article is in the wrong forum.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:42:17 AM

sad
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:38:55 AM

hope the 'texter' was offed.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:38:03 AM

Nice. Maybe we need to have a phones that prevents texting if the phone senses movement that would solve part of the problem. The only real fix is people being responsible for there action which is never gonna happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:36:04 AM

Sad story.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:35:08 AM

Sad.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:34:00 AM

Sad, makes me worry for my kid's safety.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:33:40 AM

The hurt remains.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:32:22 AM

Nice memorial to his son. Driving is a full time job! DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:32:06 AM

They do need to clamp down on texting laws!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:41 AM

good therapy.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:29 AM

yup
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:29 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:25 AM

Good article but not relevant here
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:30:46 AM

Teenagers are the problem......
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:55 AM

Good story ...
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:28:09 AM

New technology is wonderful if you use a little common sense.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:27:55 AM

Hope everyone learns.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:27:19 AM

hopefully this tribute will wake up some of the idiots
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:27:13 AM

don't text
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:55 AM

Another sad story.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:36 AM

Good reminder that other people suffer because other some mindless idiots have to text while at the wheel.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:33 AM

Is texting causing more accidents and deaths than drunken driving? You can't stop either, but texting laws must be tightened.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:28 AM

People who text while driving are irresponsible.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:12 AM

Nice tribute.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:26:03 AM

Sad.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:25:50 AM

Maybe being raised in a time when telephone rates were high and money was tight makes me curmudgeonly, but I have to wonder what is so damned important about a text message that a kid HAS to answer it right now, while driving?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:25:26 AM

Sad... but way cool.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:23:23 AM

texting and driving do not go together. get the message across
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:23:07 AM

What a nice jesture. It is a shame more fathers and sons don't have projects like this instead of some of them texting until they have carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:23:02 AM

Great idea... But does it fall on deaf ear after initial contact?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:23:01 AM

Sad
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OK
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