Distracted Driving

For more than 280 million Americans, cell phone usage has become a part of our daily life. Our cell phones have become an accessory as necessary to our daily ensemble as clothing and footwear. They are useful items that make our day-to-day lives just a little more convenient. But, that convenience has a price.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 6,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents directly related to cell phone usage, including texting. In addition, the rate of distracted driving has risen from eight percent in 2004 to more than 11 percent in 2008. Research shows that even hands-free devices can have a devasting impact on our reaction times behind the wheel. Click here for more information on the risks associated with distracted driving. Interested in making the right call to eliminate cell phone use while driving? Simply e-mail us to make the pledge to "Pay attention. Don't pay the price."

 

Simulator pic  Using the same simulator program and equipment used to demonstrate the effects of drunk driving, the LIVE 3-D driver awareness program, in partnership with State Farm Insurance, will be taking the message and the hands-on lesson to area schools, colleges, and places of business.

For more information, or to request an event or literature for your school or place of business, e-mail the JPS Injury Prevention Coordinator at jpstrauma@jpshealth.org.

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