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Distraction & Reaction A Prevention and Awareness Program Addressing Distracted Driving
In recent years, the dangers of driving distracted or impaired has gotten
much attention. In fact, according to Distraction.gov, drivers
are 23 times more likely to crash if driving distracted.
SmartDrive has addressed distracted and impaired driving in its variety
of forms since our inception in 2004.
Thanks to support from our sponsors, we
are proud to offer — FREE OF CHARGE — to schools and
community events, our Distraction and Reaction program to
help drive home the dangers of distracted driving and driving
under the influence in a meaningful way. Using a self-paced
online component, combined with a film, "Driven to Distraction
II", created by DuPont's Coastal Films and donated exclusively
to SmartDrive, we teach participants about the science of distracted
driving. Then, we give them a hands-on experience as they maneuver
our "Gem Car" through a coned course as we purposely distract them
with time constraints, a cell phone conversation involving mental
processing, excessive passengers and finally, texting. Combined
with our Call 4 Back Up program, students learn important hands on
backing up skills in addition to the dangers of driving distractions.
This program is safe, fun, and most importantly, educational.
We raise awareness by proving the premise, that distracted or
impaired driving is not scientifically feasible and in fact, it
is against the law with strict penalties. Driving with intelligence
is the way to go.
The program takes approximately one hour, and we work with
our organizations to adapt the program to fit whatever venue
is available — health classes, driver ed classes, assemblies, or
community days — the program delivers results and raises
awareness like no other program can. It is an ideal program to
offer during Prom Season or at the beginning of the school
year to make a critical impression on our drivers.