DRIVE SAFELY CAMPAIGN
BRHS PTSA in cooperation with the PBCSD Police Department & MADD, host our annual "Drive Safely Campaign" to promote unimpaired driving.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING DRIVE SAFELY WEEK?
The week before prom, a car that has been salvaged from a drunk driving accident is displayed on campus - a constant visual reminder of the dangers of impaired driving.
- PTSA students create Stay Sober posters to hang all around the school
- PTSA students create and distribute flyers to all students, sharing the effects of impaired driving
- A M.A.D.D. representative gives a presentation to the 11th & 12th-grade students
- Students make a pledge and sign the banner to "stay safe"
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off of your primary task of driving safely, potentially endangering the driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Some forms of distracted driving include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
UNIMPAIRED DRIVING includes NO texting, NO FaceTime, NO cell phones, NO drinking, NO drugs!
The Impact OF DISTRACTED DRIVING on the Sunshine State
- Distracted driving crashes made up more than 12 percent of all crashes in Florida in 2015.
- More than 45,000 crashes occurred by distracted drivers in Florida in 2015, resulting in more than 200 fatalities and more than 39,000 injuries.
- Drivers ages 20–24 years old made up the highest number of distracted driving crashes, followed closely by 25–29-year-olds and 15–19-year-olds. In fact, drivers under the age of 30 accounted for more than 12,000 crashes last year from just inattentiveness—not being focused on driving.
- Teens make up 4.5 percent of licensed drivers, yet in 2015 they were responsible for 11.7 percent of distracted driving crashes.
Statistics in Florida
- Almost 375,000 automobile crashes in Florida last year
- Over 18,000 suspected alcohol and drug-related crashes in Florida last year, with almost 1,300 suspected fatalities
- Almost 43,000 TEEN driver crashes in Florida last year
Statistics in Palm Beach County
- Palm Beach County had almost 28,000 automobile crashes last year, resulting in over 16,500 injuries and 169 fatalities
- Palm Beach County TEEN drivers were in almost 1,800 crashes last year, with drivers ages 15 to 25 in almost 5,000 crashes last year
Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
- In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver - a 3% decrease from 2016.
- Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens' choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.
DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED - IT CAN WAIT!
Take the pledge at ItCanWait.com and help end distracted driving.
TIPS TO LIVE BY
- Use the Smith System (the five principles of safe driving)-
- Aim High In Steering. Look at least 15 seconds into your future, not just at the vehicle in front of you.
- Get the Big Picture. Look for hazards. ...
- Keep Your Eyes Moving. Don't stare. ...
- Leave Yourself an Out. Monitor the space cushion around you.
- Make Sure They See You. Use your signals.
- Stay alert
- Respect speed limits and weather conditions
- Always wear a seat belt
- Don't be a distracted driver
- Keep a safe space around your vehicle
NEW DRIVER INFO
Do you have a NEW driver in your home? Have them sign this Parent/Teen Agreement provided by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department. You can also print out a "Driving Privilege Contract" supplied by Florida Legal Forms via the Boca Raton Public Library (free for cardholders).
drive safely 2021
Although we didn't have a traditional Drive Safely Week this year, we had a great opportunity to speak with our graduating Seniors about driving safe. Over 600 Boca High graduates visited the Drive Safely table at Senior Checkout and signed the AAA Promise banner, committing to drive safe!
A big thank you to Dr. King, Dr. Lewis, and Mr. Michaels for allowing PTSA to share this important message with our Seniors and to AAA for continuing to support our students.
Drive Safely Campaign Chair