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Officer Joe’s Corner – March 2018

Officer Joe Mogollon, Featured Writer

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Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.


On March 15, 2018, the Save a Life Tour came to Weston High School to highlight the dangers of distracted driving to students. The distracted driving simulators brought home the shocking reality of the dangerous practice of distracted driving. It is the cause for many accidents and driving fatalities nationwide.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes a year. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds.
Eleven teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.
Drive safely Weston High!

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