Driving Safety Assembly

Irene Harrell, 2018, Staff

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On Thursday, January 28, OLSH hosted Road Radio USA for an anti-drinking assembly. Created and hosted by James Mothersbaugh, who goes by “Jimbo Stereo”, the anti-drinking assembly gave a powerful message on the dangers of underage drinking. According to http://www.teamfortcollins.org, teens who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21 and it’s estimated that over three million teenagers are out-and-out alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they cannot manage on their own. Underage drinking is extremely dangerous and does ruin lives. These facts along with the Road Radio assembly really emphasize the importance of making smart and positive decisions about alcohol.
Texting while driving is also very hazardous and greatly increases the risk of being involved in a car cash, which increases the chance of loss of life. According to https://www.dosomething.org, texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. Texting takes a minimum of five seconds of attention, that’s five seconds a driver who texts is not focused on the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. Texting while driving is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. Forty-three states, plus D.C., prohibit drivers from texting and I am truly hoping in the near future that all states make texting and driving illegal because it is very dangerous. It puts the driver and other people’s lives at risk. Below are some statistics about texting while driving from http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com.

Texting While Driving Causes:
1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

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