It Can Wait, Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic across America and teens are not the only offenders. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road, including texting and talking on the phone, tending to pets, grooming, eating, etc. Over the course of five days, a small group of Abington Health employees observed drivers around Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital to determine what percentage of drivers were distracted. A total of 5,847 cars were observed and of those drivers, 1,188 were deemed distracted. That’s 20 percent, or one in five drivers.
Reading or writing a text while driving is extremely dangerous as it can take your eyes off the road for five seconds. If you’re traveling at 55 mph, it’s the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Take the Pledge
“Distracted driving is anything that takes your mind, eyes and hands off the task of driving safely,” says Christine McKeever, MSN, RN, Abington's trauma educator and injury prevention coordinator. “It only takes one second to be distracted, in that second a life could change. Please be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and think twice before reading or writing a text message. It can wait. If you must respond to someone, please pull over. We encourage everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive."
Take the Pledge at ItCanWait.com.
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