Edmond event highlights dangers of texting and driving

Inaugural “Mommy Please Don’t Text & Drive” event was Saturday in Edmond.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: June 24, 2014
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— The stereotype of an inexperienced teen driver texting and causing most traffic accidents isn’t true.

That was the message Saturday at the parking lot of Oklahoma Fidelity Bank in Edmond, where the inaugural “Mommy Please Don’t Text Text & Drive” event was held.

One of the organizers, Michelle Schaefer of Farmers Insurance, commented on the makeup of drivers who engage in distracted driving, including texting while driving.

“We found out that 54 percent of the accidents caused by texting and driving were by drivers over the age of 25,” Schaefer said.

That statistic alarmed Joan Curtis, also of the agency.

“It’s a significant number,” Curtis said. “We know that most children pick up their habits, including driving habits, by watching what their parents do.”

Armed with that knowledge, Schaefer and Curtis organized the event, held on E Second. They hoped to raise public awareness and possibly prevent a tragedy.