TCC Traffic Safety Fair April 17th, 2018. 11A.M. - 1P.M.
Come to learn about driving safely on the road.
Tallahassee Community College Presents
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Safe. Not Sorry. is an event organized by Tallahassee Community College students and sponsored by the TCC Alumni & Friends Association and the American Safety Institute. The goal of the event is to provide fellow TCC students with information and strategies to help keep them and others safe on the road. Safe. Not Sorry. Will be held from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the parking lot of the Lifetime Sports Complex on TCC’s campus. There will be free food, games, driving simulators and giveaways. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCC Alumni and Friends Association
American Safety Institute
Leon County Sheriff's Office
Leon County Schools
Dori Slosberg Foundation
Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles
TCC EMS Program
Tallahassee Police Department
Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation
Leon County Emergency Medical Services
FSU Commuter Services
City of Tallahassee
Traffic safety facts
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. (Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving)
In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. (Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving)
In 2016 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads. (Source: https://www.enddd.org/the-facts-about-distracted-driving/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwqM3VBRCwARIsAKcekb2pXa5lGPgKhG70jQpH-XX45wc75K0AAz-a-Z5Zgsp7Tp6YtoANmAIaAqAfEALw_wcB)
Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types: Manual, Visual and Cognitive. (Source: https://www.enddd.org/the-facts-about-distracted-driving/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwqM3VBRCwARIsAKcekb2pXa5lGPgKhG70jQpH-XX45wc75K0AAz-a-Z5Zgsp7Tp6YtoANmAIaAqAfEALw_wcB)
Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data”, NSC, 2013 – cell phone distracted driving crashes “vastly under-reported”; review of 180 fatal crashes from 2009 to 2011, where evidence indicated driver cell phone use – in 2011 only 52% were coded in the national data as involving cell phone use; in 2012, highway fatalities increased for the first time in seven years; estimate that 25% of all crashes involve cell phone use (Source: https://www.enddd.org/research-stats/#r1)
Many States now have laws against texting, talking on a cell phone, and other distractions while driving. (Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving#issue-consequences)
TCC students advocate for traffic safety and will host campus-wide event
Safe. Not Sorry.
That is the message Tallahassee Community College mass media students have for their peers. It is also the name of the traffic safety fair they are organizing to help educate fellow students to keep themselves and others safe on the road.
The event, which is sponsored by the TCC Alumni & Friends Association and the American Safety Institute, will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the parking lot behind the Lifetime Sports Complex at TCC.
More than 10 organizations have confirmed their participation. They include the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Emergency Management Services, Florida SADD, MADD, StarMetro, Leon County Schools, FSU Commuter Services, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Exhibitors will have interactive demonstrations such as a distracted driving simulator, motorcycle simulator, drunk goggles and free bicycle helmet fittings. There also will be music and free food.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
This is the second year that Professor Reggie Grant’s class has organized the event, which is inspired by Demetrius Branca. Demetrius’ son, Anthony, was a TCC student who was hit and killed in 2014 while on the way to school. Shortly after the death of his “best friend,” Branca started the Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Branca spoke in the TCC mass media class in early February to kick off the project.
“I think this is an important project because it is bringing awareness about safe driving,” said TCC student Amanda England, who has taken a lead role in organizing the event’s logistics. “Personally, I have lost three people I have known due to distracted driving. So, to me, this topic is specifically important so that we can keep ourselves and others safe on the roads.”
Students in the class have created a website and social media accounts to promote the event, which will include the display of a crashed car. Retired Florida State Trooper Philip Stuart travels the state with his “crashed car tour” as part of his teen safe driving initiative IMPAACT, Informing More Pupils About Auto Crash Tragedies.
“I certainly hope our event would make a difference on Tallahassee's roads, though I also can't deny the bull-headed nature of our generation,” said TCC student Steven Boies, who designed the event’s logo and other promotional materials. “I do think that seeing a destroyed car in person could have a more significant impact on these students. I think imagining oneself in the driver's seat of a car destroyed by distracted driving would stick with people.”
Six out of 10 teen crashes involve distracted driving, according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
A bill that would make distracted driving a primary offense in Florida was unanimously passed in the Florida House this past legislative session. However, the bill never got a hearing in the Florida Senate.
State Representative Emily Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) was one of the sponsors of that bill. Rep. Slosberg has made traffic safety one of her priority issues.
When she was 14, Rep. Slosberg was one of seven middle schoolers riding in the back of a car driven by an older teen. A Sun-Sentinel article said the car was traveling about 90 mph when it hit the median and slammed into an oncoming car. She survived with serious injuries but five others didn’t, including her twin sister Dori.
The Dori Slosberg Foundation, created to advocate for traffic safety, also will exhibit at the TCC safety event.
“Students think that they are invincible,” Rep. Slosberg said. “But it only takes one bad decision before a student ends up injuring and even killing somebody.
“It is vital for students to be educated on the dangers associated with driving.”