The Broward Emergency Medical Services Council, through the Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners launched the “Take 5 to Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive” campaign on May 11, 2012. The goal of this program is to increase public awareness of the dangers, costs, and consequences of distracted driving, specifically text messaging while driving. The campaign is widely supported by a community partnership of public safety professionals, major businesses, other injury prevention foundations, and private citizens. Rising motorsports star Gabby Chaves is the campaign’s spokesperson, and a Firestone Indy Lights racecar driver. Gabby has devoted himself to spreading the idea “No message is so important that it is worth risking your life or the life of others and if it is that important, pull over and take five minutes to answer it.”
When you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
Texting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people, especially young inexperienced drivers. Drivers need to be aware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other mobile devices.
Broward County and the Broward EMS Council developed the Take 5 To Stay Alive. Don’t Text & Drive. campaign to help educate the driving public and stop these preventable tragedies. This public service campaign has been seen in local schools, at government meetings, and on local television. The message is county-wide with a strong message: Educate yourself. Share the message with family, friends and co-workers. Don’t Text & Drive.
If you must answer a text message, take 5 minutes and safely pull off the road.
What is distracted driving?
Distraction occurs any time you take your:
- eyes off the road
- hands off the wheel
- mind off the task of driving safely
Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing, including texting, talking on the phone, eating, grooming, reading, adjusting the radio, watching videos or disciplining children in the back seat.
Is distracted driving really a problem?
Yes, distracted driving kills. Friends and family of the thousands of people killed each year in distracted driving crashes will tell you it is a very serious safety problem. The nearly half a million people injured each year will agree.
I'm a pretty good driver, can't I text/talk on the phone and drive safely?
The simple answer is no. Unfortunately, many people think the statistics don’t apply to them and they can defy the odds.
What can I do to help?
Develop your own good habits. Turn your cell phone off when you turn your ignition on. If you're a passenger, make sure your driver does the same.