Posted: Sep 5, 2013 9:31 AM by Kyle Benton - MTN News
BILLINGS - Studies show cell phone use is the cause reported in 18% of distracted driving related fatalities. No doubt, a growing problem across America. But experts say, there is a solution.
When drivers can actually "experience" first hand, the effects of texting while driving, it truly puts the "action" into perspective. In that, may lie the answer to the problem.
The simple, yet effective course, put on by St. Vincent Healthcare, is an eye opening experience to say the least.
"It's very important to get this out to the public, especially our younger, less experienced drivers. So they can understand the ramifications of trying to text and driving while distracted." St. Vincent's trauma surgeon Barry McKenzie said.
Recent studies show nearly 100 million U.S. motorists use cell phones while driving. Twenty one percent of drivers ages 15 to 19 years old, involved in fatal crashes, were reportedly distracted by their cell phones.
"Either rollover crashes at highway speeds, when you're traveling at 55 mph, if you look down for four seconds, you cover a football field within that period of time." says McKenzie as he recounts scenarios where teens have been fatally injured.
Something this surgeon says, he hopes the simple course will help prevent.