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December 8, 2013

Distracted Driver Injury Prevention Campaign launched by ER

Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s emergency department is helping promote awareness of distracted driving by teaming with the Texas EMS Trauma and Acute Care Foundation.

They are speaking out about the injury prevention campaign, “Just Drive!” Distracted driving has become a major problem in the U.S. and is causing more accidents every day. 

“Unfortunately, we have seen cases come through the emergency department attributed to drivers who were not paying attention,” said Jeff Link, M.D., WRMC’s ED medical director. “It is very important that people focus 100 percent on the road while driving in order to save their own lives and the lives of others.” 

According to the TETAF, distractions include texting, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system and adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player. 

This campaign is designed to decrease the amount of accidents and injuries caused by distracted driving. “In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011,” according to the campaign’s website. 

For tips and more information on how to get involved with this campaign, visit www.distraction.gov.

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