DRIVE SAFELY CAMPAIGN
BRHS PTSA in cooperation with the PBCSD Police Department & MADD, host our annual "Drive Safely Campaign" to promote unimpaired driving. April 20-24, 2020.
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
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).
Boca High PTSA's Drive Safely Week 2018 is back with important safety messages for our kids! All students will be invited to sign our Drive Safely Banner in the courtyard during lunch from February 25-27. And on Thursday, February 28, we'll host a presentation for juniors and seniors featuring Officer Santana and guest speakers from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Drive Safely Campaign Chair
Feel free to contact our Drive Safely Campaign chair by sending an email.