April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and at William Mattar law offices, we are bringing our Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted awareness campaign to local high schools throughout the community.
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, we anticipate William Mattar’s Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted program will be postponed to later this spring or early fall. We have numerous high schools currently scheduled. If you are a high school principal or administrator, please contact Megan Lederhouse at (844) 444-4444 to update your presentation date or sign-up for the program.
William Mattar’s Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted Program
Our trial attorneys visit local high schools and give presentations that educate students on good driving habits and how to prevent distracted driving. We will discuss the sobering statistics surrounding accidents caused by distracted drivers and offer simple solutions that teen drivers can use immediately to help curb distracted driving.
By the end of the presentation, we hope that students will change their mindset towards distracted driving and fully understand the dangers and consequences of their actions on the road. Educating students on good driving habits early will help young drivers make life-saving decisions and create safer roadways for everyone.
At the end of each high school presentation, our trial attorneys will ask the students to take a pledge to not drive distracted. This pledge serves as a reminder to each young driver and their friends to stay focused and alert every time they get behind the wheel.
Bring William Mattar’s Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted program to your high school:
Our high school presentations coincide with proms, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies. If you are interested in bringing William Mattar’s Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted program to your high school free of charge, please fill out the form below or contact Megan Lederhouse at 844-444-4444. Presentations fill early, book soon.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your focus off the road. There are three types of driver distraction, including visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distraction is taking your eyes off the road. Manual distraction is taking your hands off the wheel. Cognitive distraction is taking your mind off driving. These types of distractions may occur at the same time, which is referred to as combination distractions.
Distracted driving also includes:
- Eating and/or drinking
- Texting or talking on a cell phone
- Changing the radio station
- Using a GPS device
- Talking with passengers
- Grooming yourself (applying makeup, doing your hair, or changing clothes)
Out of all these distractions, texting is the most dangerous. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the same length as an entire football field without looking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Young drivers tend to pick up bad driving habits from their parents and/or older siblings. For parents, it is important to lead by example and never drive distracted, especially with a young driver in the car. Parents should have a talk with their teen about the consequences of distracted driving and the responsibilities that come with driving.
With so many new technological advances and apps to play with, distracted driving is becoming an increasing problem for young drivers. The more opportunities young drivers have to become distracted behind the wheel may increase their risk of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident. In 2017, 2,526 teens age 15 to 19 were involved in fatal car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those 2,526 teen fatalities, approximately 229, or 9%, were distracted drivers.
At William Mattar law offices, we are passionate about keeping our community safe. Every day our legal team deals with the sad reality of the aftermath of a car crash and how an accident does not just impact the people in the vehicles, but also entire families. For this reason, attorney William Mattar has created a safety campaign that educates high school students across New York State on the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of establishing good driving habits.