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Distracted Driving presentation given by Doug and Pat Ralls. Brentwood Academy, March 2010.

Distracted Driving presentation given by Doug and Pat Ralls. Brentwood Academy, March 2010.

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  • Introductory slide…we just introduce ourselves.
  • Pat describes the experience of being informed by the State Troopers while walking the dog, and reminders of war movies.
  • Doug talks about the similarities between distracted driving and DUI
  • MIT did a major study on multitasking, and found that even very smart people, all of whom thought they could manage it, could not.
  • Doug goes over statistics about distracted driving
  • Pat talks about feelings if informed about a loved one’s death, if parents were told about your death, if you killed someone by distracted driving.
  • Doug talks about the difference between laws and awareness. Passing laws has minimal impact so far.
  • Doug reads from the accident report, and the small lack of attention that led to the accident. It only takes a split second.
  • Pat describes Lynn’s story.
  • Doug discusses why death rates have dropped, primarily seat belt laws and DUI laws.
  • Laws are one thing, but individual responsibility is another. We make progress one person at a time
  • This is a picture of Brian in the Summer of 2008.
  • This is what the accident scene looked like.
  • Brian’s remains are in the prayer garden columbarium at BUMC.
  • Most of all, learn about the issue and make an informed decision.

Transcript

  • 1. Distracted Driving Kills
  • 2. Distracted Driving Kills
    • It was just a normal Fall day…
  • 3. Distracted Driving Kills
    • Would you get in your car and drive after having four shots of tequila or four beers?
    • … then go ahead and talk on your cell phone.
    • … how about eight drinks?
    • … then go ahead and text while driving.
  • 4. Distracted Driving Kills
    • Multitasking is a myth – Don’t take our word for it…
    • People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves," said neuroscientist Earl Miller. "The brain is very good at deluding itself."
    • Miller, a professor of neuroscience at MIT, says that for the most part, we simply can't focus on more than one thing at a time.
    • "Switching from task to task, you think you're actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you're actually not," Miller said.
  • 5. Distracted Driving Kills
    • What Are The Facts?
    • The National Safety Council (NCS) estimates that nearly 28 percent of crashes – about 1.6 million a year – can be attributed to cell phone talking and texting while driving.
    • 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. (Source: Virginia Tech 100-car study for NHTSA)
    • 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
    • The worst offenders are the youngest and least-experienced drivers: men and women under 20 years of age. (NHTSA)
    • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • 6. Distracted Driving Kills
    • It’s not just about facts and probability.
    • It can be very personal.
  • 7. Distracted Driving Kills
    • OK…it’s illegal to text while driving, but can we at least talk on cell phones?
    • FACT: More crashes occur because people were talking on cell phones than texting.
    • Well, OK, but how about hands-free?
    • FACT: There is no statistical difference in accident frequency between hand set use and hands free calls.
  • 8.
    • “… and my phone rang…”
    • We all think it’s going to be somebody else that it happens to, but that someone else could very well be you, or someone that you care about.
    Distracted Driving Kills
  • 9. Distracted Driving Kills The movement is growing in dramatic ways.
  • 10. Distracted Driving Kills
    • US Highway Traffic Accident Deaths Have Dropped Steadily.
    • From 5.5 per 100mm miles in 1966…
    • To 1.2 per 100mm miles in 2009.
  • 11. Distracted Driving Kills
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  • 18. Distracted Driving Kills
  • 19. Distracted Driving Kills
    • So what can you do?
    • Take the pledge.
    • Talk to your friends and family.
    • Stay informed.
    • Stop Phoning and Driving - In Memory of Brian
  • 20. Distracted Driving Kills
    • Questions?