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Distracted Driving Month
March 28, 2014
Distracted Driving Month

Driving distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Distractions can be as small as the food you’re eating on your way to work, as sweet as your baby crying in the backseat and even as innocent as the radio playing a song you love to rock out to. According to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes in 2012. All of these distraction-related deaths and injuries were 100 percent preventable.

In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety launches a new campaign every April in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The focus of the campaign is to stress the importance of staying attentive while driving and decreasing all behind the wheel distractions.

To help you avoid distractions behind the wheel, The Office of Traffic Safety offers the following suggestions:

 
  • Never: talk, text, email or use apps on a cell phone while driving. Remember: It’s Not Worth It. In 2013, approximately 70 percent of Californians who responded to a California traffic safety survey believed that using hands-free cell phone is safer than a hand-held phone while driving, although research shows the risk is nearly the same
  • Turn off your phone and put it out of reach as soon as you get in the car
  • If you must make a phone call or send a text message, pull over when it is safe to do so and use your phone from your stopped car
  • Record a new outgoing message on your cell phone that says you can’t come to the phone or you may be driving. This gives you a great excuse and sends a point to your caller
  • Never call or text anyone else when you think they may be driving, especially parents calling kids
  • Eat before you leave the house, or stop along the way to grab a bite
  • Adjust all of your radio controls and set your song playlist before you hit the road

To avoid the traffic fines, car crashes and life-altering consequences that are associated with driving while distracted, set aside your distractions when behind the wheel. For more information regarding distracted driving facts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. More safe driving tips and information about other OTS efforts can be found at facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.

 
Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Run/Walk
March 12, 2014
Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Run/WalkPlease join us for the annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5k run/walk and 1/4 mile children's run/walk on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at River Valley High School.

Same day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and races start at 9:00 a.m. There will be prizes, a mascot race, music, 1/4 mile kids runs, free breakfast, children's play area, synergy race timing, community resources and more.

To register or volunteer, email or call the Event Coordinator Dulia Aguilar at 674-1885 ext. 333.

 

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