Emergency Personnel Reminding Drivers of How Dangerous it is to Drive while Distracted
MIAMI, FL – According to an online news report at local10.com, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper reminded the public about the dangers associated with distracted driving.*
This officer sustained critical injuries 2 years ago after he was hit by a vehicle as he was doing a traffic stop.
He is now back at work and spreading the message about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Notwithstanding, it is still a huge problem in Florida and across the United States. In addition to the officer, another police trooper was struck a few months back on Interstate 95. His dash camera shows that the officer was at the scene of a crash in Palm Beach County where a driver of a car lost control and struck him. The officer pushed an individual out of the way before he was struck, saving that individual’s life.
These incidents highlight how risky it is for first responders to work the scene of an accident or conduct traffic stops. It all boils down to the fact that many drivers are distracted and not paying attention.
Thus far in 2019, sixteen emergency personnel workers died in distracted driving accidents. According to the report, “t[h]e biggest problem yet is people driving by an accident or emergency scene and pulling out their phone to record or post to social media.”
"Unfortunately, our roads - things are not getting any safer. For the first time since the Great Recession, we have had three straight years of 40,000 plus fatalities on our roads. Every seven seconds someone is injured on our roadways," a woman said from the National Safety Council.
According to the Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Chief, one hundred percent of these crashes could have been prevented had the driver been paying attention.
Officers are asking drivers to put their cell phones in their glove compartments to avoid the temptation of using a cell phone when behind the wheel.
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