Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Amherst, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
The personal injury law firm of Gelber & O'Connell, LLC will join more than 750 attorneys from all 50 states and across Canada to help end distracted driving by talking with local teens at high schools throughout the Western New York area during the last two weeks of April, 2012.
The 60-minute presentation was developed in conjunction with The Casey Feldman Foundation, EndDD.org and 60 for Safety’s End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Campaign and will offer high school teens an educational yet sobering glimpse into the tragic results that can occur when driving distracted. Take a look at a few facts below, courtesy of distracted.gov:
- Distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths and close to 450,000 injury-producing accidents in the US every year.
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
- Drivers who use handheld devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- Sending/receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds -- the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, including end zones, at 55 mph.
- Driving while using a cellphone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
As part of its effort to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving locally, Gelber & O’Connell recommended and obtained a Proclamation from the Town of Amherst declaring April as “End Distracted Driving Month.”
For more information please contact Stephanie Gelber, Managing Attorney, Gelber & O’Connell, LLC at (716) 633-5050 or sgelber(at)gelberoconnell(dot)com.
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