By Amanda Brozana, National Grange Lecturer
For those who know me, you know I love to multitask. Watching TV and writing an article; making dinner and solving a Grange problem by phone; and even checking my email while driving. Yes, I admit it. I’ve often been a distracted driver, bragging about being newly behind the wheel at 16, on the cell phone doing an interview and taking notes while cruising down the small highway in my county back home. But after too many close calls and even more virtual introductions to those who have been significantly negatively impacted by the actions of drivers just like me, I know I have to say “it can wait” the next time my phone chimes while I’m driving.
This month, I am proud to provide to you the materials for a lecturer’s program – in the fashion of the Lecturer’s Programs in a Box – that can help you reach out to your members and community about the issue of distracted driving, defined as “the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device.” Included is a short presentation by AT&T, a significant partner of the National Grange for more than a decade, who has launched the “it can wait” initiative to raise awareness about distracted driving and implore people to drive safely. As part of the campaign, they have asked individuals to promise to “keep your eyes on the road, not your phone,” something 10,000,000 people have pledged so far. We hope members across the country will add to that growing number of people who realize the responsibility of driving and risks of distracted driving.
In addition to the presentation, there are two handouts you may print to provide to your members and community and additional resources in many different formats. I highly recommend the simulation. Feel free to print this list and provide to your members so they may ask their children and grandchildren to go through the distracted driving simulation and take the pledge.
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