Brantley FFA holds distractive driving meeting

Published 11:45 am Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Brantley FFA Chapter held its second chapter meeting Friday, Jan. 22. State Trooper Kevin Cook was our guest speaker at the meeting.

He talked about distractive driving and the dangers of not paying attention while driving.

Mr. Cook also informed the members that texting and driving is the second cause of car accidents and that 25 percent of police reported accidents are the result of texting and driving.

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Drivers that use cell phones are four times more likely to get into accidents because it reduces brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.

Another topic Mr. Cook discussed was the importance of wearing seat belts. Statistics show that seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent and fatalities are nine times more likely in accidents where passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Mr. Cook concluded his demonstration with the topic of drunk driving.

He informed the members that drinking and driving is the number one cause of car crashes and that alcohol is the number one drug used by adults.

He also stated that 40 percent of fatalities due to car accidents involve alcohol. A very graphic power point was also used.