2010 Safe Driving Expo
Eliminating distractions to be the focus of Safe Driving Expo
Posted on 03/26/2010
Do you text and drive or do your kids text behind the wheel? Learn about the hazards of distractions while driving and the impact they can have on you at the ‘Just Drive’ Safe Driving Expo to be held on Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Georgia Highlands College. The expo is presented by Floyd County Schools, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and community partners. 

The majority of Americans believe that talking on the phone and texting are two of the most dangerous behaviors that occur behind the wheel. Still, as many as 81% of drivers admit to making phone calls while driving. You can participate in demonstrations to see how dangerous texting and driving can be for you and others on our highways. Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road. Floyd County Schools are committed to providing education for families even outside the classroom. Come join us to learn more about the hazards of distractions while driving at the ‘Just Drive’ Safe Driving Expo.

You and your teens can drive a closed course while receiving and sending a text message, attempt to drive a golf cart while wearing goggles that simulate distractions and intoxication and participate in other driving simulations that show the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Also, see a demonstration of the ‘Jaws of Life’, and much, much more. This is an important event for the whole family. Learn the dangers and what not to do in a controlled environment.

All are welcome but only those with a valid driver’s license can participate in simulations. Students who have a valid learner’s permit and parent approval may also participate.

The “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo is presented in part by: The Georgia Army National Guard, 11 Alive, Courtesy Ford, Floyd Against Drugs, Floyd County Emergency Management, Floyd County Police, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd EMS, Floyd Health Care Foundation, Georgia Highlands, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, Georgia State Patrol, Kiwanis Club of Rome, Pepperell High School, Rome News Tribune, Rome Police Department and Rome/Floyd Fire and Rescue.

STATISTICS
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
  • Teens say that texting is their number one driver distraction.
  • 4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.
  • 84% of cell phone users stated that they believe using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of being in an accident.
  • Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year. 
  • 2,600 people die each year as a result of using cell phones while driving. They estimated that another 330,000 are injured. 
  • Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving. 
  • Thirty-seven percent of US teenagers admit that text messaging is the biggest distraction while driving, according to a survey of 900 students by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.
  • According to SADD, distractions are becoming as prevalent as drinking and driving in terms of inhibiting young people driving abilities.
  • Distraction from cell phone use while driving (hand held or hands free) extends a driver's reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08%. (University of Utah) 
  • Motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, according to a study of drivers in Perth, Australia, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Driving while distracted is a factor in 25% of police reported crashes.