Distracted Driving Presentation


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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.
  • Distracted Driving Presentation

    1. 1. Distracted Driving Kills
    2. 2. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>It was just a normal Fall day… </li></ul>
    3. 3. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>Would you get in your car and drive after having four shots of tequila or four beers? </li></ul><ul><li>… then go ahead and talk on your cell phone. </li></ul><ul><li>… how about eight drinks? </li></ul><ul><li>… then go ahead and text while driving. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>Multitasking is a myth – Don’t take our word for it… </li></ul><ul><li>People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves,&quot; said neuroscientist Earl Miller. &quot;The brain is very good at deluding itself.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;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,&quot; Miller said. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>What Are The Facts? </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. (Source: Virginia Tech 100-car study for NHTSA) </li></ul><ul><li>6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA) </li></ul><ul><li>The worst offenders are the youngest and least-experienced drivers: men and women under 20 years of age. (NHTSA) </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>It’s not just about facts and probability. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be very personal. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>OK…it’s illegal to text while driving, but can we at least talk on cell phones? </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: More crashes occur because people were talking on cell phones than texting. </li></ul><ul><li>Well, OK, but how about hands-free? </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: There is no statistical difference in accident frequency between hand set use and hands free calls. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>“… and my phone rang…” </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Distracted Driving Kills
    9. 9. Distracted Driving Kills The movement is growing in dramatic ways.
    10. 10. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>US Highway Traffic Accident Deaths Have Dropped Steadily. </li></ul><ul><li>From 5.5 per 100mm miles in 1966… </li></ul><ul><li>To 1.2 per 100mm miles in 2009. </li></ul>
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    19. 19. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>So what can you do? </li></ul><ul><li>Take the pledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your friends and family. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay informed. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop Phoning and Driving - In Memory of Brian </li></ul>
    20. 20. Distracted Driving Kills <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>