Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be holding a roundtable discussion at Lindenhurst High School to help raise awareness about the growing problem of distracted driving.
Those participating in the discussion will be:
- Jacy Good, who was permanently injured and lost her parents in a crash caused by a distracted driver;
- Trooper Frank Bandiero, New York State Police;
- Kristen Curran, a senior at Lindenhurst High School who recently obtained her driver's license;
- Students from Ms. Dowd's Dock Law Class, all of whom are seniors and licensed drivers.
The discussion is expected to include, but is not limited to, the dangers of texting while driving; what more can be done to prevent distracted driving; and how to increase awareness of the consequences of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is a serious and dangerous problem. Distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to crash than drivers who are not distracted. Additionally, research has shown that sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving 55 miles per hour down the length of an entire football field blindfolded. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 100,000 drivers are texting while driving nationwide at any given daylight moment.
You can watch a live webcast of the event by visiting this page starting at 12:05 pm Wednesday, February 20th.