When a series of videos were posted on Facebook of what appeared to be a blind woman getting into her Jeep and driving away, the internet went nuts. But when the last video was posted showing that the woman was actual a truck driver out to raise awareness about distracted driving, it wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
Patti Houston, a 55-year-old trucking veteran says she just got tired of constantly seeing people on their phones while driving.
“It has gotten ridiculous,” said Houston in an interview with KHOU 11 News. “I can even see people Facetiming and driving down the road!”
So together with her mother and sister, Houston came up with the idea to draw attention to the problem.
Houston put on a pair of sunglasses and used a walking stick to navigate her way to her Jeep in a Walmart parking lot. With her sister filming on her phone, Houston then climbed in to the Jeep and drove away. They uploaded the video to Facebook where it immediately started getting shared.
A short while later, they uploaded another video of Houston – still with sunglasses and cane – pumping gas and driving away again.
The videos were shared and viewed millions of times. Some commenters were horrified, others amused, and others convinced that the whole thing was a hoax. They weren’t left to wonder for long though as Houston’s sister uploaded a third video.
This time, Patti wasn’t wearing the glasses or holding the cane. Instead she was sitting on the hood of her Jeep.
“Whatever you do, please do not text and drive,” she says before reaching behind her, putting on the glasses, and taking out the cane. “It’s like driving blind.”