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:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
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.
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