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Addressing distracted driving through education

Tackling a dangerous driving issue like “distracted driving” requires more than traffic stops. In King County, the Washington State Patrol is adding education to enforcement by participating in public education events.

Tomorrow morning the Washington State Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) will participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” event at South Center Mall in Tukwila.  This event is free and runs from 10 am until 2 pm.  Troopers will demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving with participants driving golf carts while experiencing different types of potentially dangerous distractions.  The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports that in 2010, almost 20% of fatal crashes in King County involved a distracted driver.

By appearing at local schools, business safety fairs, and other community functions, the Washington State Patrol can speak directly on distracted and impaired driving issues and the dangers they present to the citizens of our state.  This hands on distracted driving demonstration provides a safe but realistic experience that all drivers can learn from.

Find more information on the “Celebrate My Drive” event being put on by State Farm at www.celebratemydrive.comor contact Brad Hilliard at brad.hilliard.jcmh@statefarm.com.

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