GMH prepares for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
All month long, the State Department of Transportation will take a simulator around the island to teach teens and the community about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.
Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director, State Dept. of Transportation explains what is classified as distracted driving.
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In support of NHTSA’s efforts, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, which can result in injuries and deaths to all road users and is 100 percent preventable."
He reminds drivers:
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving, therefore increasing the risk of crashing.
- It is visual: by taking your eyes off the road
- It is manual: by taking your hands off the wheel
- It is cognitive: by taking your mind off driving.
Lance Rae who runs the state Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Awareness & Education Campaign says:
"The Drive Aloha Fair centers on the Distracted Driving Simulator but also educates the public on Driver Awareness of Pedestrians, Occupant Passenger Safety and Impaired Driving. Each participant is given a Drive Aloha Stamp Card and required to visit each traffic safety station to learn how to be a better driver before receiving a stamp to move to next activity which culminates with the Distracted Driving Simulator and the Distracted Driving Pledge to not text and drive. Every complete stamp card entry is eligible for a $100 Aloha Gas Card. We give one away at each event." For more information you can contact Lance at Lance@TLCPR.com