Injury Prevention Coalition members joined city and county leaders to unveil one simple decision—an impaired and distracted driving simulator.
“This is not just a teen problem, it’s an everybody problem as far as distracted driving, says Syndi Baltum.
“They really feel like it’s realistic, like they’re driving down somewhere and they do end up having a crash.”
Deputies and cops all challenged their driving abilities with cell phones in hand and failed miserably.
“There’s deer that come out or people that could cross the street,” says Baltum.
Lee Memorial Trauma officials warn December is one of the most dangerous months to be on the road. It’s deemed “four-D” month for drunk, drugged, drowsy and distracted driving.
Last holiday season, Lee Memorial treated 200 crash patients. Six died.
They say many of those crashes were caused by one of the “four-D’s” and doctors say a growing number of people are now hitting the road after taking prescription pills.