National Distracted Driving Month
April is National Distracted Driving Month with several events planned in Oklahoma this week. A recent analysis of accident statistics by the University of Nebraska found cyclists deaths increased 30% from 2005 – 2010 due to distracted drivers. The same study revealed that pedestrian’s deaths increased by 50%. A 2006 University of Utah study concluded that talking on a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. Texting is even worse as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. Two-thirds of the driving population do not recognize bicyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists as objects on the road. Distracted driving enhances our chances of not being seen by these same drivers. Ultimately, practicing safe driving behavior by not being distracted is an individual’s responsibility. OBC urges our members to participate in any local events promoting distracted driving awareness during this month’s campaign. Check your local community for happenings this week and throughout the month. There will be more events centered around, “Take the Pledge” in September.
Friday, April 11 - Tulsa Event
Press event at 12:30 p.m.
Metro Christian Academy High School (6363 S. Trenton Avenue) - prior to a mock crash assembly previously planned by the school. Speakers tentatively include - Officer Craig Murray, TPD; Capt. George Brown, OHP (or designee); a representative from St. John's Hospital trauma department, Danial Karnes, AAA; GentXt teen, school headmaster.