Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. The entrance to Canfield High School will look a little different for a few days as a car involved in a texting accident will parked there. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and students at Canfield High School will get a real life look at what can happen when a driver is distracted. The Canfield Police Department in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be presenting the dangers of distracted driving to all high school students on April 29, 2016, from 7:45 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. in the auditorium. Students will have an opportunity to visit a car that was involved in a texting crash and can sign a distracted driver pledge.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Distractions include texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system and more. Canfield Schools Resource Officer, Steve Garstka says, “Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”