Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. According to the CDC, distracted driving caused an average of nine deaths and 1,000 injuries per day in 2018.
Comcast is committed to empowering its employees about the dangers of distracted driving which is why their Safety Team brought a real-life driving simulator to the 33rd Annual Career and Education Day. More than 100 students and parents got the opportunity to get behind the wheel and practice through a simulated demo to learn first-hand about the dangers of texting and driving.
“I was impressed with the level of interest the young kids had and how aware they were of the dangers of texting while driving,” said Thomas Baker, Safety Manager for Comcast’s Houston region. “These students were all surprised with the difficulty to drive the simulator and text at the same time therefore recognizing the dangers of distracted driving. I walked away with an appreciation of how bright and interested the event attendees were, and I’ll definitely be back next year,” Baker added.
Jocelyn Rochelle, Northshore High School student, couldn’t stress enough, the dangers that can happen if teenagers decide text and drive.
Comcast also hosted a red-carpet experience for attendees and shared information about Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income households. Director of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Houston region Melinda Little spoke to an auditorium full of teachers, parents, and students about the company’s commitment to bridge the digital divide and gave away 10 laptops to some lucky students.