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One Text or Call Could Wreck It All
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013

Monday at Mason High school DPS Officer Shawn Baxter from San Angelo spoke with the Senior and Junior class concerning the dangers of Distracted driving. This program was sponsored by the Concho Valley Regional Advisory Council and Mason County EMS.

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

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

But, 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 pose.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, more than homicide and suicide combined. The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

For more information or to download a house rules contract

visit www.distraction.gov

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