Distraction is deadly: 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving in 2015.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is observed every April by the National Safety Council to draw attention to the facts, consequences and action points regarding this growing epidemic. Requiring visual, manual and cognitive attention, texting takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
The impact of distracted driving cannot be overstated. The nature of our airborne ICU services and our patient stories show us that car accident victims are not statistics; these individuals are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters; they are loved ones and close friends. By joining distracted driving awareness efforts, you can positively and directly impact your communities.
Consider teaming up with local schools and first responders for high school educational events about the dangers of distracted driving, including mock crash drills and driving-while-texting test courses.
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