Barry joins FDOT to launch "Put It Down" Distracted Driving Safety Campaign

Miami Shores, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six has partnered with Barry University and other local colleges in the Miami area to launch a new safety campaign called “Put it Down” to inform drivers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties about the dangers of distracted driving.

“Text messaging while driving causes a driver to be physically, visually, and cognitively distracted, which is an extremely dangerous combination,” says FDOT District Six Secretary Gus Pego. “Nothing— no message, no phone call — nothing is worth driving while distracted.”

The campaign is targeting younger drivers, ages 16 through 24. In addition to Barry, FDOT has partnered with several agencies and academic institutions, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College.

The campaign continues throughout all of September and October. Several outreach events will be held on school campuses throughout these months to educate drivers about how serious this epidemic is. In 2009, over 5,000 drivers were killed and an estimated 448,000 plus people were injured in accidents reported to have involved distracted driving.

For more information, please contact Barry University Crime Prevention Coordinator, Sharon Smith, or the FDOT District Six Community Traffic Safety Coordinator, Carlos Sarmiento, at (305) 470-5437 or via email at carlos.sarmiento@dot.state.fl.us. Please visit www.distraction.gov.

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