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National Safety Month

Make Safety Your Priority

For National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on three main fields of safety, which include safety on the road, at home, and at work. In relation to teenagers, the main focus is safety on the road, due to the fact car accidents are the number one cause of deaths mainly as a result of inexperience. According to Injury Facts 2015, the three prevalent causes of fatalities on the road include alcohol (30.8%), speeding (30%), and distracted driving (26%). Just as a side note, with improvements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an accumulative and misunderstood trend. Actually, 80% of drivers across America mistakenly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. To learn more about teenage driving check out this interesting video!

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Highway Safety (Provided by the American Red Cross)

• Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired.
• Be well rested and alert.
• Use caution in work zones.
• Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
• Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
• Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
• Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
• Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
• Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
• Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
• Don’t overdrive your headlights.
• If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

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amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

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Buzzed?

Buzzed? Am I talking about that feeling we are all probably STILL  experiencing after absolutely stuffing ourselves with turkey during Thanksgiving? You may still be experiencing a turkey coma; however, the buzz that I’m referring to is due to alcohol! December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month! That’s a lot of words that you may or may not understand, but I’m about to give you the rundown on the importance of understanding not only what all of those words mean, but the importance of supporting this message year round!

Drunk or drugged driving means getting behind the wheel of a car, motorcycle, boat, or anything with a motor after drinking alcohol. The consequences can be catastrophic, so buzzed driving is drunk driving!buzzed drivingNational Commission Against Drunk Driving Statistics
41 percent of all traffic crashes are alcohol-related.
Nearly 600,000 Americans are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes each year.
Someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 30 minutes. Every two minutes someone is hurt (non-fatally injured) in an alcohol-related accident.
Three out of every 10 Americans face the possibility of being directly involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash during their lifetime.

drunkdrivingSo, even though we only give this topic one month, please understand that your choices may not only affect you, but anyone around you on the road! I would love if you would all take the pledge and don’t drink and drive! And if you are underage, take our pledge and Rethink the Drink! You can also text:

“Pledge” to 25399

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