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If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted!

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“The biggest thing I think is that it seems like people say it’s something ‘that happens to the other guy, to my neighbor, or on the news’.”

“The good thing is that like other diseases, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a trauma such as focusing on the road while driving and wearing your seatbelt properly,” says Michael Foreman, M.D., medical director of Trauma Service and Neurosurgical ICU and on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month.

This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 25th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted” will focus on distraction. The issue of distracted driving and other activities where individuals are distracted is a critical issue for public safety and demands action immediately.

As you will recall, distracted driving was the theme of National Trauma Awareness Month 2012. Despite the popularity of the campaign and continued national, state and local focus on the issue, fatalities and severe injury caused by distracted driver crashes continues to increase.

In mid December 2011, the Administrator of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation, unanimously approved by all members of the NTSB, to ban the use of all hand held devices used by drivers.

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In an interview on national news, the Administrator said this is a recommendation the NTSB hopes all states will translate into laws. Many states have acted, yet others still lag far behind.

What is distracted driving and what do you need to know about it? Check out these shocking facts and figures for more information about the serious risks associated with distracting driving.

Sign our pledge against distracted driving. It can wait.

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Megan Reynolds
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Megan Reynolds, MS, is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Level I Trauma Center at Baylor’s flagship hospital in Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center. She is a native Texan and proud UNT Mean Green alum.

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If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted!