Last week Orange County, California District Attorney Todd Spitzer launched an anti-street racing public service announcement campaign that features Cody Walker alongside Fast star Sung Kang.
“Like many of you, I too have lost somebody due to reckless driving,” Walker says. “I think a lot of the time when those of us that want to go fast, or we have something to prove, we don’t take into consideration the lives of those around us.”
He continues, “It’s not just you that you’re putting in jeopardy, it’s everybody else around you. So don’t be dumb, take it to the track. There’s somebody at home that loves you that’s expecting you to return. It’s not worth the risk, I promise.”
In a press release published in tandem with the PSA, Trujillo Puckett, who founded the nonprofit Street Racing Kills, expressed her desire to educate the youth about the “dangers of illegal street racing and reckless driving.”
“One of the things I’ve seen most among young drivers is how they glorify the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise and how they look up to all actors of these movies,” Puckett said. “What they have to say this will mean the world to them and will undoubtedly save lives.”
In November 2013, Paul Walker died after crashing his Porsche into a concrete lamp post in Santa Clarita, California. The 40-year-old actor was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour. Walker’s death came while he was in the middle of filming Furious 7, which hit theaters in April 2015.