More than nine people are killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver every day in the United States, according to the CDC.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Safety Council, Chamber of Commerce, and AT&T are partnering together for an "It Can Wait" distracted driving safety event. Chamber president, Tom Poorman said AT&T will give a detailed presentation, focused on the dangers of texting and driving, as well as, engaging in other activities while behind the wheel.
"This meshes perfectly to what we’re trying to accomplish as a safety council, the safety council promotes workplace safety, and it promotes safety in general in the community," Poorman said. "It’s open to anyone at all, safety council members will be in attendance, of course, they come to meetings every month, but it’s really open to anyone."
The presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. on November 11, at Bryan Place. Following the presentation, guests will be able to try texting and driving, using a virtual reality driving simulator. Poorman said safety while driving is important, especially for people who spend their days behind the wheel for work.
"Many employers, employ people who drive as part of their job, and as you know, there has been a lot of emphasis on don’t drive when you’re distracted," Poorman said. "So that message is out there, but we can never say it enough, so this event helps bring that message home."
The chamber is also sponsoring a number of other events next week, including an Affordable Care Act Update. For a complete list of events, visit zmchamber.com.