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Distracted Driving App Figures in TV Star’s Divorce Settlement

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Cersei in the HBO series "Queen of Thrones"

Cersei in the HBO series “Queen of Thrones” (as played by Lena Headey)

A celebrity divorce settlement is doing its part to help make the roads safer from distracted driving. As TMZ reports, Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei on the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, and her ex-husband have just agreed in their settlement that they will each download an app that prevents them from texting, emailing or accessing the Internet while driving.

The 40-year-old English actress was concerned, TMZ writes, about the poor driving of her ex-husband, Peter Paul Loughran, especially that he would be driving their young son around. The boy, Wylie Loughran, is three years old, according to Wikipedia. Headey thus required Loughran in the settlement to download the anti-distracted-driving app.

Daily Mail’s Mail Online reported earlier this year that Headey felt Loughran was “too reckless” to care for their son. She alleged that Loughran had a drinking problem and had been drinking before a dangerous incident in which his car drifted into oncoming traffic. (She later said through her lawyer, Michael Culden, that she did not think her ex was an “unfit father,” Mail Online writes.) Loughran denied that he had been drinking at the time of the driving incident, Mail Online writes. In a case of life imitating art, HBO’s Game of Thrones character bio says that Cersei, Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, “is fiercely protective of her … children.”

Headey and Loughran, an Irish musician, married in May 2007 and separated in 2011, ABC News Radio notes in an article appearing on kmbz.com. The two met at a friend’s wedding, and Headey called it “love at first sight,” reported Mike Larkin for Mail Online.

Game of Thrones has been acclaimed by critics as well as the public. Here is some of what Wikipedia says about its first season:

…critics noted the high production values, the well-realized world and compelling characters…. Variety wrote that ‘there may be no show more profitable to its network than “Game of Thrones” is to HBO. Fully produced by the pay cabler and already a global phenomenon after only one season, the fantasy skein was a gamble that has paid off handsomely.’

Media plays an important role in helping to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving; although divorce is not pleasant, the media exposure that a celebrity divorce case like this one gives to the benefits of distracting driving apps can help a lot. Consider the Governor’s Highway Safety Association’s recommendation: ”…the federal government should fund a comprehensive media campaign to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and the way to manage driver distractions.” According to distraction.gov, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related car accidents, and an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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