April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded! At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.

The Department of Surgery, Section of  Acute Care & Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center is asking you to take the pledge.

Please fill out a quick 3 question survey taking the pledge to “read the road, not your phone” and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Boston Trauma goodie bag!

Click this link to take make the pledge: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QYV5KN9

Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW
Injury Prevention Coordinator, Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery, Boston Medical Center
Instructor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine

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