Don't be a Distracted Driver

From the desk of your Health Care District School Nurse:

Distracted driving is an important health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, more than eight people each day are killed in accidents involving a driver who was distracted by some other activity, such as using a cell phone or eating.

On April 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported the results of a study which suggests that laws banning texting while driving may be preventing some serious traffic accidents as well as reducing the number of fatal accidents found in a previous study. States which allow law enforcement officers to pull drivers over just on suspicion of texting saw the greatest reduction.

When driving, it is important to reduce all distractions. The CDC maintains that texting is particularly dangerous because it causes drivers to take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and minds off what they are doing.

The month of May is recognized nationally as Trauma Awareness Month. This year the Palm Beach County Trauma System, which is overseen and funded by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, marks its 28th year of providing lifesaving care to residents and visitors who are traumatically injured. The Health Care District’s Trauma Agency provides student education on trauma prevention that addresses youth driving risk behaviors. 

To learn more visit, www.traumahawk.org. For information about the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s School Health program visit www.hcdpbc.org.

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