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Dinolfo Announces Renewed Focus On Distracted Driving Awareness

Dinolfo Announces Renewed Focus On Distracted Driving Awareness

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today joined West Irondequoit Superintendent Jeff Crane and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn at Irondequoit High School to announce a renewed focus on distracted driving awareness. The Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety will work with local school districts in reaching teenage drivers through interactive presentations.

“Distracted driving crashes are prevalent and yet completely avoidable, especially for young drivers,” said Dinolfo. “Each and every person who gets behind the wheel has a responsibility to their friends and loved ones to make the right choice. Phone calls or text messages can wait. We’re here to communicate the real dangers and choices that our community’s newest drivers will face daily and join them in making a pledge to drive distraction-free to help preserve the safety of all our residents.”

Across the United States more than 8 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured every day in car crashes involving a distracted driver. Ten percent of all teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted. Examples of distracted driving include talking on a cell phone, texting, using social media and eating.

“West Irondequoit has been involved with efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving for several years,” said Crane. “We have provided opportunities for students to use a driving simulator, and have partnered with Causewave to install reminders on district vehicles and on our campuses. We are pleased to work with Monroe County to recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness month.”

The Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety has interactive presentations that are provided to schools, community groups and businesses to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving. These presentations include:
·    Truth and Consequences – classroom presentation
·    Distract-a-Match – matching game to demonstrate effects of distractions on reaction time and judgment
·    Pedal Cart – students will use a pedal cart in a coned off area to demonstrate the effects of distractions
·    Teen Driver Kit - information for parents of new driver
·    Drive for Life – visits to Strong Memorial Hospital
·    Pledges which encourage individuals to drive distraction-free

"Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year and injures many more," said O'Flynn. "Sending or receiving a text takes your eye off the road for 5 seconds and when traveling 55 mph, it equates to traveling the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Statistics have shown that teenagers are at the greatest risk, as they have been identified as the largest age group involved in fatal collisions attributed to distracted driving."

Any school or community leader interested in scheduling a presentation can visit the County website, monroecounty.gov or contact the Office of Traffic Safety at 753-3018.

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