Don't Text and Drive, it’s the law

Parkview’s “Don’t Text & Drive” public service campaign helps save lives by raising public awareness of this simple message.

Texting while driving quickly became one of the country's top killers, causing millions of accidents over the past decade. Today, texting has become synonymous with any use of a hand-held device. The Indiana State Police and Parkview Trauma Centers are encouraging citizens to practice distraction-free driving and keep roadways safe. 

Effective July 1, Indiana’s new hands-free driving law prohibits motorists from holding or using a cellphone while driving. However, drivers with both hands on the wheel can still become visually, manually or cognitively distracted. 

Common distractions that lead to motor vehicle crashes include:

  • Cellphone use (talking, texting, taking photos, etc.)
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming (applying makeup, brushing hair, flossing, etc.)
  • Using a PDA or navigation system (GPS)
  • Watching videos
  • Changing music (MP3 players, CDs, radio, etc.)

“At Parkview Trauma Centers, we see the results of distracted driving all too frequently,” said Lisa Hollister, director of trauma and acute surgery, Parkview Trauma Services. “For years you’ve heard us say ‘Don’t Text & Drive’ – take it a step further by not only keeping your hands on the wheel, but also keeping your eyes and mind on the road.”

Parkview Trauma Centers hopes to reduce the countless number of tragedies involving cell phones with its Don't Text & Drive campaign. 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.

Take the pledge to get home alive

Guidelines to help you avoid cell phone usage while in motion

Put your phone on silent or out of sight to avoid the temptation of reading or responding to a message.

Don’t pick up your phone, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. Using your mobile device while in the driver seat puts you, and those around you, in danger. Remember while driving, the use of your cell phone without a hands-free device is breaking the law. 

Wait to use any device until you are safely and legally parked.

Don't text and drive vehicles

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 our 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.