Don't Text and Drive
Did you know that you’re 23 times more likely* to have a car crash if you’re sending or reading text messages while driving? Parkview’s “Don’t Text & Drive” public service campaign helps save lives by raising public awareness of this simple message.
Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of the country's top killers. Drivers think they can text while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't like. Texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents each year, among those 330,000 injuries (Traffic Safety Facts, 2013). The number of teens texting while behind the wheel is also on the rise. Sadly, 11 teen deaths occur every day as a result of texting and driving (Distracted Driving, 2014).
Parkview Trauma Centers hopes to reduce these tragedies with its Don't Text & Drive campaign. You don’t have to look far to see evidence of our Don’t Text & Drive message - from billboards to public service announcements on TV and radio to vehicles, clothing and more! Our goal is to remind drivers across the region not to be distracted by texting behind the wheel. In addition, we’ve connected with a vibrant community through our Don’t Text & Drive page on Facebook.
You can be a part of sharing this important lifesaving message. To view the campaign materials and help spread the word, visit www.donttextdrive.com. Don’t Text & Drive apparel and other merchandise can be purchased online.
To learn more about the Don’t Text & Drive program or to schedule a presentation for your school, church or civic organization, Contact Britney Schwartz, trauma prevention specialist, at Britney.Schwartz@parkview.com or (260) 373-7201.
Guidelines to help you avoid texting while in motion
Put your phone on silent or out of sight to avoid the temptation of reading or responding to a text.
Don’t write, send or read a text message while driving, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. These actions put you, and those around you, in danger. You may also be breaking the law. In Indiana, it is now illegal for a driver under 18 years old to text while driving.
Wait to use any device until you are safely and legally parked.
Don’t send or read a text message while cycling, running or participating in other recreational sports.
Don't Text & Drive vehicles
Thanks to Evans Toyota of Fort Wayne, the Parkview Trauma Centers have moving billboards for the Don’t Text & Drive trauma prevention campaign. In 2010, a Toyota® Scion® began carrying the message to many events in which the trauma centers participate. And in 2012, a Toyota Sienna® was equipped for the same mission. Evans Toyota provided the vehicles to support Parkview’s efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
Don't Text & Drive Gear
Find cool Don't Text & Drive gear at donttextdrive.com or at Parkview Safety STore, 1818 Carew St., Suite 140, Fort Wayne, Ind. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Call (260) 373-7201 for more information.
Scion® and Sienna® are registered trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation.
* National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistic