Students hear about distracted driving dangers

Posted November 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Miller junior and senior high school students listened to a presentation by Justin Iberg of Mitchell on Thursday, Oct. 25. 

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Iberg has done over 42 presentations to various groups across South Dakota and several other states on the dangers of distracted driving. 

Students in Miller’s new Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter agreed that texting and driving is a growing problem, so with the help of the Miller Area Health Board (MAHB), work was done to bring Iberg to Miller to present to students. SADD member Brianne Bertsch interviewed Justin and found the following:

Iberg had a perfectly normal life, but that all changed on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at 7 p.m. when he was in a car crash.

On that day he killed a man while texting and driving. The man’s name was Jon Christensen, and he was Iberg’s neighbor. Christensen had a wife and two children, and he was killed the day before his wedding anniversary.

Iberg lost his license for five years, was ordered to do 25 presentations to schools around the state, two years probation, and serve 100 days in jail. Since then he has done 42 presentations because he feels that he makes a difference.

He has a Facebook page, which has many statistics, such as: you are 23 times more likely to get in accident if you are texting and driving. For more information on Iberg’s presentation or to schedule a presentation with him, visit


DISTRACTED DRIVING doesn’t pay is the message. Pictured l to r, Courtney Bertsch, SADD advisor and MAHB member, Justin Iburg, and Chris Keeter, MAHB chairperson.