Butler County Safe Communities and the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio want Butler County teens to stop driving distracted! April is National Distracted Driving Month and the Save A Life Distracted Driving Tour will be at Middletown High School on Friday, April 25th.
Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth graders will see firsthand how a moment of inattention at the wheel, can change lives forever. Participants will see dramatic video of what can happen and get to drive the simulator which demonstrates the dangers of texting and driving. The dangers of driving impaired will also be highlighted during the day.
This is part of the Butler County Safe Communities efforts to bring traffic safety awareness to help keep Prom and Graduation Season in Butler County accident free. Safe Communities distributed pledge banners at the Prom and Grad Teen Summit back in March. Nine schools participated and were given banners that read – Pledge 5 to Drive - 1. No Cell Phones While Driving, 2. No Extra Passengers, 3. No Speeding, 4. No Alcohol, 5. No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt. Other traffic safety materials were also given to each school to use in their efforts to encourage their peers to pay attention at the wheel!
Distracted driving can include cell phone use – texting or talking, eating in the car, playing with the radio or other electronics and anything that takes a person’s complete attention away from driving.
Ohio’s texting law that recently went into effect puts a full ban on use of handheld electronic devices by drivers under the age of 18. Enforcement for teens carries primary enforcement, with fines up to $300 and possible loss of license. It is a secondary enforcement provision for adults. Police will have to make on-site determination if a driver appears to be under the age of 18 before making a stop.
For more information or to become involved in traffic safety initiatives, call Butler County Safe Communities at (513) 423-9758.