Dalton Cyr recently announced he has teamed up with Teens Against Distracted Driving to launch a campaign about the dangers of texting and driving. After a packed theater watched the inaugural screening of the full “Breathe” music film trilogy, which Cyr created the concept, wrote and recorded the music, directed, and starred in, Cyr announced his new association with Teens Against Distracted Driving. The non-profit organization, created by Jason Epstein, a personal injury attorney in Bellevue,Washington, is dedicated to educating teens about the dangers of driving while distracted. The Breathe three-part series takes viewers on an emotional journey about life and love with a prevailing message about distracted driving. Cyr creates a powerful story that shows the full spectrum of the pendulum of life in a way that is relatable and delivers a lasting impact. The first part, “Fall Into Place” was released April 12th, with the second and third parts, “Echo” and “Let It Go” due to be released in May.
After showing the Breathe trilogy to the Jacksonville audience at Sun-Ray Cinema, Cyr talked about the facts surrounding texting and driving along with his personal experience with it as a new driver. He encouraged the audience to join him in taking the pledge to put their phones away when driving. There was overwhelming positive reactions for both the film and its message. Laura Martin, who has a sixteen year old son wrote, “Very relevant. An amazing story and so well done. Your video should be shown at high school assemblies as a PSA.” Sydnee Batzlaff, a junior at Fleming Island High School said, “Inspiring message with texting and driving. People don’t realize that issue…What I will remember from this is that “it can wait.”
The release of the Breathe trilogy coincides with The National Safety Council observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. An estimated 80 percent of all accidents in the U.S. involve some form of distracted driving.
Cyr’s mission is to bring Breathe and its message to schools Nationwide. Teens Against Distracted Driving teamed with Cyr with the goal to have teens sign pledge cards promising not to text and drive.
Here’s how the program will work:
Students will view the Breathe trilogy during class or in an assembly. After the film, students will engage in a conversation with Cyr about the film and its message. Students will be given the opportunity to take the pledge committing to put their phones away when driving by signing a pledge card. Students who sign the pledge card will receive a bracelet which will serve as a reminder to put their phone away when driving.
Cyr joins other teen celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber and Lucy Hale who have taken up the cause of distracted driving.
For more information, contact Cyr via the contact page on this site or by using the Dalton Cyr mobile app which can be found free in your app store. (Available for iPhones and Androids)