People See for Themselves Dangers of Texting & Driving

Virtual Driving Simulator Changes Attitudes of Twin Ports Drivers

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Injury from head trauma is the leading cause of death for people ages 1 through 44.

Doctors say about 150,000 people in the U.S. die every year from injuries sustained in car crashes, and almost all of them preventable.

Thursday, Essentia Health allowed people to see for themselves how well they can drive while texting with a virtual driving simulator.

All studies done using the simulator show people change their attitudes about texting and driving after depicting these real–life scenarios.

A guest speaker emphasized how texting and driving can be easily avoided, but how a lapse in concentration for just one second can have devastating consequences.

“That is the problem with almost everything we do. There’s this sense that it’s not going to happen to me, and then it has to happen to somebody, so it’s going to,” said Gregory Jurkovich, the Chief of Surgery at Denver Health in Colorado.

In 2012, distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people and injured more than 420,000 people.

Doctors say car crashes are the number 2 cause of injury in the U.S., only behind falls.

Of the 80,000+ patients Essentia Health will care for this year, age 65 and older, an estimated 26,000 of them will suffer trauma injuries from a fall.

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