With Columbia students and families about to hit the road for spring break, Stephens College and community partners will be hosting an eye-opening presentation on the dangers of distracted driving. “Distracted Driving: End the Epidemic,” which will be held at 7 p.m. on March 13, 2019, aims to educate the mid-Missouri community about the very real dangers of distracted driving.

Stephens College guest speaker Matt Devoti of the nationally recognized EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) will provide an interactive science-based presentation on the dangers of distracted driving. This presentation will be held in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus and is free and open to the public. 

A recent study indicated that 50% of teen drivers admit to texting while driving. Sending or reading a text message may only take five seconds, but at 55 mph that’s the equivalent of driving the distance of a football field with your eyes closed, said Ken Hammond, director of Campus Safety and Security.

“We want to make sure our students and the community are aware of those dangers,” he said. “This is always an important issue but with spring break coming up, it couldn’t be more timely. We want all of mid-Missouri to travel safely.”

The City of Columbia’s Vision Zero campaign is an additional sponsor of the event. Vision Zero is the city’s transportation safety initiative supporting the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Partners in Prevention, a coalition comprised of 21 public and private college and university campuses across the state, will be on hand to provide additional safety information.

The effort is part of Stephens’ Transportation Safety Week, which will include a series of educational events for Stephens students, faculty and staff about transportation safety in advance of spring break.


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