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STLCC-Meramec Hosts Distracted Driving Discussion, Simulator

May 05, 2016

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Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2014 alone, 3,129 were killed in distracted driving crashes. 90 percent of drivers say they know distracted driving and texting is dangerous, yet 71 percent continue to do it.

In fact, new data from AT&T shows that only four U.S. states are without a statewide anti-texting and driving ban -- including Missouri – and that there is a roughly 17 percent higher rate of texting while driving than the rest of the country.

This summer, Fox 2 and KPLR 11 are encouraging drivers to take a personal pledge to stop distracted driving. The goals are to

  • Change behavior in St. Louis.
  • Prevent unnecessary accidents.
  • Save lives.

Fox 2’s Erika Tallan will moderate a panel discussion of distracted driving and simulator testing on Saturday, May 14. The free event will be in the theater on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the panel discussion slated to begin at 10 a.m. Simulator testing begins immediately following from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Sergeant Al Notham, Missouri Highway Patrol
  • Mike Right, AAA Auto Club
  • Justin Wilson, Brown & Crouppen
  • John Sondag, President, AT&T Missouri

Free parking is available on the west lot on the campus off Couch Avenue.

For more information, call 314-213-7449.