Kicking off the news this week is a look at an article from EMSWorld.com that some might say is proof that the EMTs and paramedics will have long-term job security. Despite laws against it and education campaigns against it, people are still driving and texting simultaneously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 660,000 Americans talk or text while driving.

Numbers Not Reduced Even After Texting Bans

Teenage girl texting and drivingThe article points out that this number has not changed significantly in over a year. While there is great support for banning hand-held cell phone use and banning texting while driving, many of those Americans are acting in a hypocritical manner since somebody must be doing this. Thirty-nine of fifty states now ban text messaging behind the wheel. Ten states forbid hand-held cell phone use but most of those bans are ignored according to observers.

April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood  recently talked about distracted driving calling it “a serious and deadly epidemic” on the highway. In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed and nearly 400,000 people injured in motor vehicle accidents where the driver was distracted in some manner.

We Must Lead by Example

What are you doing to help prevent distracted driving in your community? It starts when you refrain from driving while texting or handheld phone use. How can we expect others to stop doing it when we can’t do that ourselves?

Next, there are tons of educational materials and resources available for you out there to put the word out and begin a concerted campaign in your community to help people become more aware of the dangers of distracted driving. For a start you can go to distraction.gov and get the information you need to get your own distracted driving campaign starter kit. All of the information is there for you right on that site. There’s even a distracted driving pledge that you can take on that site.

Get The Distracted Driving Info Starter Kit

So go over there and check that out. Download some of the materials and start getting that information out to your community today. I’ll make sure there’s a link to that site in the show notes along with this news article in the episode show notes for this news item.

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Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Freedom House Educates Needy EMT Youths and Episode 331.

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