Jeffco High School Students “Decide to Drive,” April 8-9
Orthopaedic surgeons and automakers join local officials to provide students with tools to start and continue
the conversation about the dangers of distracted driving
WHAT: The award-winning “Decide to Drive” campaign, a joint effort between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance), is coming to four Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado to start the conversation with students about the dangers of distracted driving, and to encourage them to speak up whenever they see someone driving distracted while on the road.
The approximately one-hour distracted driving program, co-sponsored by Drive Smart and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), includes an introductory video, skits led by Chicago Improv veterans, and interviews in a talk show format. Students will be asked to share their distracted driving views and experiences. In addition, they will receive tips and materials to help ensure that they, and anyone who drives, keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
WHEN/WHERE: : Monday, April 8
Conifer High School gymnasium
10441 County Highway 73
Wheat Ridge High School gymnasium
9505 W. 32nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, Colo. .
Tuesday, April 9
Arvada West High School gymnasium
11595 Allendale Drive
Evergreen High School gymnasium
29300 Buffalo Park Rd.
More than 3,700 Jeffco students are expected to participate in the two-day, four-session program featuring:
- A team of actors led by Chicago Improv veteran Mark Sutton
- Denver-area orthopaedic surgeons: Jonathan Bravman, MD, Peter D’Ambrosia, MD, and Armando Vidal, MD.
- Colorado State Patrol and local police officers
Since 2009, orthopaedic surgeons and automakers have urged drivers to “decide to drive” behind the wheel and to avoid texting, eating, talking on the phone and to passengers, and other distractions while driving. The award-winning awareness/prevention campaign includes an interactive website; print, television and radio public service advertisements; an elementary school educational curriculum; and active social media outreach.
Each year, approximately 387,000 Americans are injured in distracted driving-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were an estimated 3,331 fatalities in distracted driving-related crashes in 2011. And, according to the results of an AAOS-Harris Interactive survey, 94 percent of drivers believe that distracted driving is a problem in the U.S., and 89 percent within their own communities.
The “Decide to Drive” teen campaign also has visited schools in the Chicago, Mesa, Ariz., and Baltimore areas.