Distracted Driving


Distracted Driving Discussion 

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Our teenagers are our most valuable resource.  Although they are still children, they are our future.  A growing epidemic in the United States is distracted driving.  It is estimated that traveling at 55 miles per hour with your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, you travel a football field (CDC, 2017).  Every day there are more than 9 people killed and over 1000 injured in distracted driving accidents (CDC, 2017).  It is essential that our children have the education that involves the dangers of distracted driving (Adeola, Omorogbe, Johnson, 2016).

Teenagers are not experienced and hindered by their limited driving experiences (Adeola, Omorogbe, Johnson, 2016).

Cell phone use amongst teens is the highest than any other age group at a whopping 75%. (Adeola, Omorogbe, Johnson, 2016).  Although there have been many advances in driver and vehicle safety throughout the years, distracted drivers are still causing accidents (Overton, Rives, Hecht, Shafi, and Gandi, 2013).  An advanced practice nurse needs to have the knowledge on how to reach multiple age populations.  The NTSB reported in 2015, 5474 people were injured and 448,000 injured due to distracted driving accidents (Overton, Rives, Hecht, Shafi, and Gandi, 2013).

As an advanced practice nurse, you have to be able to reach all age groups.  For the teenage age group, visual references may be the best way to go.  To evaluate your program, you could have the students fill out a survey and then do a demonstration after the demonstration have the students take the same survey and see if their answers change.  The demonstration would consist of a staged car accident that involved students as the victims.  They would be moulaged up to look injured.  Have the fire department involved, maybe the local air ambulance, trauma center, nurses, and any other emergency services.  Record it and also have it as a live demonstration around an event like prom.  This event would include extricating a patient and a simulated death of a peer.  Where I am a flight nurse we do these programs every year and can see the impact that the demonstration has on the students.  Nothing gets the point across like pulling a fellow student out of a car with simulated injuries that appear lifeless and putting them in a body bag and the coroner’s van.



Adeola, R. (2016). Get the message: A teen distracted driving program. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 23(6), 312-320. doi:10.1097/JTN.0000000000000240

Bergmark, R., Gliklich, E., Guo, R., & Gliklich, R. (2016). Texting while driving: The development and validation of the distracted driving survey and risk score among young adults. Injury Epidemiology, 3(1), 1.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Distracted Driving. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/index.html

Overton, T. L., Rives, T. E., Hecht, C., Shafi, S., & Gandhi, R. R. (2015). Distracted driving: Prevalence, problems, and prevention. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 22(3), 187-192. doi:10.1080/17457300.2013.879482

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