Tomorrow on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, SSOE will host a Distracted Driver Simulator in our Toledo, Ohio office in hopes of raising awareness about the consequences of distracted driving. During the event, employees, their family members, and other invited guests will be encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to resist all cell phone activity while driving.
According to www.distraction.gov, drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent—at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field, blind!
The simulator is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s comprehensive roadway safety campaign “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe.” They report that in Ohio alone, the number of crashes caused by distracted driving in 2010 reached 12,410. Ohio law enforcement reported 39 fatalities, 454 serious injuries as a result of these crashes. Our goal of hosting the Distracted Driver Simulator is to do our part to help increase the number of safe drivers on the road and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with texting and driving.
While at SSOE, the Distracted Driver Simulator will challenge participants to navigate city streets and highways while talking on the phone, sending a text message, and listening to passenger conversations.
Stay tuned for pictures and follow-up information on the event and read here to learn more: http://www.ssoe.com/press-releases/ssoe-group-to-host-distracted-driver-simulator/