Longtime YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo member and Fathers Against Distracted Driving founder Marvin Berkowitz has an important safety reminder about safe summer driving.
During summer, we see more motorcyclists and bicyclists, more pedestrians, and more young drivers suffer fatalities, and higher usage of drugs and alcohol in drivers involved in crashes. Please remember to stay alert, stay off your phones, wear your seatbelt, and call a friend or Uber or Lyft if you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
We suffer from “Summer Amnesia.” Many have forgotten what adjustments are needed for safe summer driving. NHTSA data- 2019-20 40.1 Billion miles driven reduction; 7% increase in fatal crash deaths. Increase in pedestrians, motorcyclists and young drivers killed. Many autopsies reveal concomitant use of opiods, alcohol &/or marijuana Use of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana surging according to national survey in WSJ (5/9). About half of those killed not wearing seat belts. Not-so-smart phones major problem, Too may of us have become addicted to cell phones. Crash every 8 seconds; death every 15 minutes.
Michigan more crash deaths than New York.
By design, we are being held captive by Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, etc.
We need to throw off these shackles and go back to traditional forms of communication like face-to-face discussions. Can you drive without using the phone? Take the “NO TEXTING” pledge on this website. MI Police say texting worst problem related to crashes.
For new & old drivers, distracted driving has reached an epidemic level on our roads and highways.
This book provides a comprehensive overview with some ideas to help solve the problem. It would make an ideal gift for any new driver or Smartphone addict in the family. For more information, click the link below
As we are asked to stay put, both traffic and crashes have been reduced by 50% but the incidence of speeding has increased dramatically according to MI State Police. So be wary when you do drive because tailgaters will rapidly be upon you. Speed can be a killer. July 4 holiday traffic may be unreal since many travelers will not want to fly.
Stay safe, don’t speed and please refrain from using phone when driving.