WATERFORD (WWJ) – An event being held in Waterford Saturday will warn about the dangers of texting while driving.
WWJ’s Terri Lee reports that The latest statistics available from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that 20 percent of injury accidents were caused by distracted driving. And, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into a serious accident. While safety experts say texting while driving is like driving under the influence of four beers, some people do it daily.READ MORE: Whitmer Signs Executive Directive On Abortion, Reproductive Health
To help change these statistics and make roads safer, Allstate is partnering with the Waterford Coalition for Youth and Safety at Saturday’s event aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.READ MORE: Michigan Legislature Pushes For Pause On Gasoline Tax
While the benefits of driving with your eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel should be enough of a reward, everyone who attends will have a chance to win gift cards and MP3 players. Attendees also will have an opportunity to experience a driving simulator at the event.MORE NEWS: Local Communities Organize Student Walkouts To Rally Against Gun Violence
The event is being held at the Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. It runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.