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Utah State University Emphasizes the Risks of Distracted Driving

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in America, and is an issue that must be addressed.  In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes (

In order to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving, Utah State University’s Student Health and Wellness Center is holding Distracted, Drunk, Drugged, and Drowsy Driving Awareness Week. 

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3, a billboard will be on display in front of the TSC Stevenson Ballroom with facts, tips and information. Various stories will also be featured on the display board concerning accidents that were a result of distracted driving. USU Students are encouraged to stop by the event and educate themselves on the topic.

One of the most common reasons for distracted driving accidents is cell phone usage. Thirty-seven percent of drivers say they have received text messages while driving. It is essential to remember that texting while driving is illegal in the state of Utah, and punishable by the law.

Technology is distracting drivers more and more every day. Forty-one perfect of adult drivers have used at GPS system while driving, and 13 percent of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving. It is important to remember to be distraction free while driving.

“We would like to encourage students to stop by the display, and learn more about driving safely” said Health and Wellness Intern Katie Netzley. “The purpose behind this event is to prevent tragedies from happening. Distracted driving accidents destroy the lives of many innocent people. Driving cautiously, not using technology and being aware of the risks can help spare the lives of many.”

Contact: Ryan V. Barfuss, prevention specialist, 435-797-1540,

Writer: Lauren Gould, 425-213-9116,

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