Tallahassee Police Department Press Release:
The Tallahassee Police Department recognizes that distracted driving is an increasing danger to the motoring public, more specifically to our young adults.
In an effort to save lives and reduce injuries the Tallahassee Police Department applied for and received a Florida Department of Transportation grant.
The $20,000 grant was used to motivate and educate our local teens about the dangers of distracted driving.
Using the funding provided, the Tallahassee Police Department challenged local high schools to develop their own public service announcement raising awareness about the dangers of “Distracted Driving.”
Eight local high schools (Community Christian, Godby, Florida High, Leon, Lincoln, Maclay, North Florida Christian, and Rickards) submitted PSA’s. The grant funding allowed the Tallahassee Police Department to purchase handheld HD camcorders for the participating schools.
The hope is that the students will continue to recognize issues affecting young drivers and utilize the camcorders to continue presenting safety messages in the future. Some of the completed PSA’s will be featured on local government access channels in an ongoing effort to keep our young adults safe.
According to the latest Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data for 2008, 46% of 16-17 year old drivers say they text message while driving and 48% of 18-24 year old drivers text message while driving.
Texting while driving is not the only concern for the Tallahassee Police Department, other distractions create danger as well. Examples include eating or drinking, passengers, animals in the vehicle, activities outside the vehicle (crash scene, or road construction), and adjusting the radio. With the use of technology increasing each year, we want to bring attention to our youth the importance of paying attention while driving.
The Tallahassee Police Department is committed to keeping our roadways safe.
The goal of every motorist should be to resist the temptation to text while driving. Together we can make our roadways safer, reduce accidents, and save lives.