Trauma Awareness Month: Focus on the Road

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May is designated as National Trauma Month by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1988.  This awareness is to develop injury prevention and trauma awareness materials.

Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous driving behavior that can turn deadly in an instant.  Motorists should keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving to arrive alive. Distracted driving significantly slows your reaction time and places you, our passengers and others on roadways in danger.  Focus your attention on driving every time you get behind the wheel to eliminate dangerous and unnecessary crashes.  It is up to each of us to make the commitment to drive safely.  No distraction is worth risking a life- whether it be your own or someone else’s.  Focus on the road, everything else can wait.

To successfully avoid a crash, a driver must perceive a hazard, react and give the vehicle time to stop. Factors such as driver perception distance, the distance a vehicle travels from the time a driver sees a hazard until the brain recognizes it, and reaction distance, the distance a car will continue to travel after seeing a hazard until the driver physically hits the brakes, dramatically affects a vehicles’ stopping distance.  Even a focused driver going 50 mph will travel nearly the length of a football field before coming to a complete stop.  When a driver is not focused on the road, it limits their ability to come to a stop and avoid a crash. 

Drivers under age 30 account for 30% of all fatalities from distracted driving crashes.  Parents should talk with their children about responsible driving and always model safe driving behavior.  

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