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Distracted Driving


As the use of technology continues to permeate every aspect of our lives. It is important {for you} to stay informed about some dangers that technology can pose to you, or your family and friends. One of those dangers is Driving While Texting or "Drexting". Please take a few minutes to review this information. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you are about to read, please feel free to contact Police Chief Stephen Powell 610-373-0111.


DREXTING
The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications is linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16% of crashes resulting in an injury - 515,000 people wounded. According to AAA, nearly 50% of teens admit to texting while driving. Distracted driving endangers life and property and the current levels of injury and loss are unacceptable.



What You Can Do

Give Clear Instructions - Give teen drivers simple, clear instruction not to use their wireless devices while driving. According to CTIA, the easiest  way to say it is: "On the road, off the phone". Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road - even for a few seconds - could cost someone injury or even death.

Lead by Example - Children learn from their parent's behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.

Become Informed and Be Active - Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your children's schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.

Did you know? When you text while driving, your collision risk is 23 times greater than when not texting.

*Information was provided by the Federal Communications Commission.

 

 

 

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