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The Resource Training Center joins the ‘One Text or Call Could Wreck It All’ campaign
The Resource Training Center joins the ‘One Text or Call Could Wreck It All’ campaign

 

In an effort to make our roads safer, The Resource Training Center in Amherst announced today that it has joined the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign to stop distracted driving. Program Director Monica Farrar has pledged her support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.  

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Farrar. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families and others on the road.”  

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, 11 percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes. 

While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction — visual, manual and cognitive.

The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education — the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.  

“At The Resource Training Center, we offer Alive at 25, an innovative program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving,” added Farrar. “Through the use of role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more, this course helps young drivers develop convictions and strategies for good decision making that will keep them safe on the road. The program addresses such topics as speeding, distractions, aggressive driving, impaired driving and other life-or-death issues pertinent to young drivers. It is my belief that with education comes change, and what better time to start than during April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”

Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, including the New York State Drinking Driver Program for individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation. For more information, please call 983-2258, email info@wnyresourcetraining.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348 or Twitter (@monica_farrar).

 

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