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Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive!

Texting while driving can be dangerous

Don't text and drive

By the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program
Monday, July 18, 2016

Using cell phones and smart phones for texting is a great way to communicate, but deadly if done when driving. How often have you seen a swerving car and thought the driver might be drinking? Yet, when passing the car,  you notice the driver is talking on a cell phone or sending a text!

Did you know that texting while driving causes more than 1.6 million accidents per year? It makes you 23 times more likely to crash and is the same as drinking four beers while driving. If you look at or send a text when driving 55 mph, it is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded!  More than 400,000 people are injured each year in accidents involving distracted drivers.

Don’t become a statistic!  Driving safely requires all of your attention. No text message or phone call is worth the chance of an accident that could kill you or someone else.

If you get a text or phone call while driving, return it later when off the road. If it may be important, look for a safe place to pull over and park before picking up your phone.

VA hopes all our Veterans stay safe this summer driving season. Be an alert driver! Watch out for distracted drivers who have not yet learned that texting while driving is a deadly combination.

To learn more about the dangers of distracted driving, visit www.distraction.gov or www.textinganddrivingsafety.com.

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