Burlington High School Students Learn About Dangers of Distracted Driving

Vermont State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and trial lawyer Chris Maley presented at Burlington High School's Distracted Driving Assembly on January 3, 2014 reminding students of the importance of not texting while driving, and raising awareness of other forms of distractions. The presentation is part of an initiative of the Vermont Association of Justice (VTAJ) in conjunction with EndDD.org.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Transportation Department, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” It’s not just texting or making calls on a cell phone; any activity that diverts a driver’s attention puts that driver, and her passengers, and everyone else sharing the road at serious risk.

What counts as a distraction while driving? Here is a partial list:
  • Using a cell phone or smart phone, including texting
  • Eating and drinking
  • Smoking
  • Attending to or disciplining child passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player 
  • Adjusting temperature controls.
  • (See Learn the Facts about Distracted Driving)

Request the Distracted Driving Presentation at Your School
Persons interested in offering the presentation to their school or group, should contact Chris Maley, president of the VTAJ.