Keeping our roads – and our students – safe - March 2017
As we near the end of the school year, parents and students’ schedules can get crammed with activities, events, celebrations and more. But while you’re busy driving around to all these things, it’s important to take a moment and remember that safety comes first – and children of all ages are looking to us to keep them safe and model distraction-free driving habits.
Fort Bend ISD understands that the safety of all our students is a top priority, even when our students are not at school. That’s why the District helps raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving by utilizing middle and high school programs, such as Teens in a Driver Seat, to show students the dangers firsthand.
According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from driving such as texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using navigation systems, watching a video, or listening to music. All these distractions impact driver, passenger and bystander safety.
Experts say the best way to end distracted driving is to educate people about the danger it poses, and that begins with adults. It’s important for parents to understand the dangers of distracted driving so that they can model good behavior for their children.
The City of Sugar Land implemented a new ordinance on March 20, 2017 to address distracted driving. The ordinance prohibits the use of portable electronic devices while driving a vehicle in Sugar Land unless the device is in hands-free mode or being used for an emergency. Any person found violating the ordinance will be fined up to $500 for each offense. Visit the City of Sugar Land’s website at www.sugarlandtx.gov for more information.
With prom season and graduation in full swing, there’s another important topic to discuss with teens – the dangers of impaired driving. While it’s not an easy topic to discuss, the FBISD Police Department has also taken a more active approach to educating students on why they should think twice before getting behind the wheel, or into a vehicle with someone who’s been drinking.
Chief David Rider touches on this very important topic on his latest blog post. He also shares a powerful video on Jamie Chapman, who has partnered with the department to speak with students and share his story on how his life was changed forever after he got behind the wheel while impaired.
By educating ourselves and our students, we can all work together to make our community – and our roads – safe.