Life is filled with threats. Everyday, someone loses his or her life to diseases or violent disputes. Sometimes we just cannot do anything to prevent such imminent dangers. However, we can take preventative action against the dangers of distracted driving.
On October 16, 2012, FNL participated in the annual Roadwatch event. From 7 to 8 AM on a school day, FNL recorded the number of distracted drivers in front of Sunny Hills High School on the corner of Warburton Way and Bastanchury. To our disbelief, we recorded 147 distracted drivers. Of the 147 drivers, 39 were eating or drinking and 28 were involved in personal grooming behind the wheel. Even worse, 25 drivers were texting and 12 drivers were talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device. Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, while text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. In any case, distracted driving puts the driver, passenger, and other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
As the school year comes to a close, FNL hopes that teachers, parents, and students are aware of the dangers of distracted driving; it takes a collective effort to put an end to this dangerous practice in our community. FNL asks that adults be open in communicating the dangers of distracted driving to their students. May you all have a safe summer and don’t drive distracted!