Anything that restrains or controls distracted driving is important to every community. Education is key in making the public aware of the horrendous impact distracted driving could have on you and/or loved ones. In the Palm Beach County School District, Palm Beach Central High, Wellington High and Royal Palm Beach High schools, in coordination with various community organizations present Shattered Dreams, a dramatization of the impact of distracted driving and the effects that it can bring into anyone’s life.
The presentation of Shattered Dreams portrays the risk of engaging into other activities while driving. A Prom Night accident scene, where one of the most memorable nights of anyone’s life can turn into a life changing experience. Drama students play out as the accident victims on the football field to increase awareness about the effects that texting, substance consumption and other factors can have while driving.
In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. The idea is to show young drivers the consequences, as close to real life as possible, of what can happen when you don’t focus when driving.
“This program is presented annually to the senior class just before Prom to remind our students to drive safely. Today’s decisions can have a lifelong impact,” added Mrs. Baxter, Student Activities Director. The percentage of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes that were reported as distracted at the time of the crash is much higher. “This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted so we hope to increase awareness with this program.”
David Summers, Injury Prevention Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital works with the schools to bring the police, fire and trauma hawk services to the scene. In addition, Panther Towing, Bella Mia Premier Events Photography and the Dori Slosberg Foundation play an integral part in the organization of these events.
The next Shattered Dreams will take place at Royal Palm Beach High School on April 26, 2013.
Last year on March 10, the first National Day of Awareness for no texting and driving across America was held with a victorious message sent on the hazards of texting and driving and the steps that can be taken in hopes that no further lives will be lost by such actions.
This was a very thorough and well thought out endeavor worth everyone taking a look at and participating by pledging not to text and drive. Ross Brenner and Dalton Holody, students at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, came up with plans for a National Day of Awareness for no texting and driving and no one imagined how this idea would instantly grow into a platform bringing together over 8,000 schools and millions of students across the United States. The purpose of the event for the students was to save fellow students' lives from a possible tragedy that could result from texting while driving
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. April 2013.