Because April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month — something that Cutler Bay promotes each year by participating in community outreach events and engaging local schools in the promotion of safe driving habits — the town conducted a “Distracted Driving Awareness Assembly” on Apr. 25 at Cutler Bay High School.
Students from the town’s Executive Internship Program presented a short Distracted Driving Awareness public service announcement they created. Mayor Peggy Bell and Councilmember Sue Loyzelle attended the event and presented the school with a proclamation recognizing April 2016 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Some 200 high school students attended the assembly and learned about the alarming statistics and personal testimonials of individuals who have been impacted by distracted driving. Mayor Bell addressed the students on the importance of the program.
“This year we will proudly witness the first graduating class of Cutler Bay High School,” Mayor Bell said. “Many of the students that attended the assembly are new drivers, and as they prepare for prom and graduation we want them to be aware of the great responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving. I am a proponent for stronger laws regarding texting and driving in Florida and pledge to do my part in keeping our roads safe.”
The town has received grant funding from the Florida Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Program since 2014, to further educate motorists and to raise awareness of dangerous driving behaviors. Town officials say their aim is to get as many residents as possible to pledge not to text and drive; ultimately keeping the roads safer.
Distracted Driving Facts:
Distracted Driving is defined as any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle. Such distractions endanger drivers, passengers, and bystanders’ safety (www.NHTSA.gov).
An alarming six out of 10 teen crashes involve driver distraction according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (2015). More than eight people die each day due to distracted driving (www.CDC.gov). To avoid temptation, power down or stow electronic devices before driving.
For information about the town’s Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign call 305-234-4262 or visit the town’s website at www.cutlerbayfl.gov.