Keeping Our Community Safe
Keeping Our Community Safe
Posted on 10/06/2016
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Davis 9th grade health students had a one hour distracted driving presentation on Tuesday, October 04, 2016, led by Jennifer Dixon, RN, BSN, the Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at McClaren Macomb Hospital. This presentation included a video, a power point, a question and answer session, a driving simulator and an activity with drunk goggles. 

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.

Reckless and distracted driving kills more people than drugs and suicide combined. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers ages 14-18. Jennifer refers to them as motor vehicle crashes, not accidents, because they can be prevented. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. 

Parents - Set a good example when you are driving by obeying the law, driving the speed limit and maintaining 100% of your focus on driving.

Students - Be good passengers. Do not distract the driver. Buckle up every time. Speak up if the driver is distracted or driving recklessly.