Trauma nurses prepare teens for prom dangers on the road

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:44pm

Trauma nurses at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital are hoping to keep teens out of the emergency room during prom season. They are visiting area schools to teach teens how to stay safe on the road.

Today, students at St. Joseph's Academy tried navigating obstacle courses with drunk goggles and listened to heart wrenching stories of teens who died or suffered serious injuries because of distracted or drunk driving.

OLOL Trauma Nurse, Katie Sheets says small changes matter, "putting that cell phone down, turning it off, don't answer those text messages will make a big difference. And wearing your seatbelt, whether you're in the front seat or in the back seat, can save a life."

The message hit home for student Rachel Marsh. She said, "Knowing that I could end up that way or do that to somebody else was just really big."

The nurses suggest using a smart phone application, developed at the University of San Francisco, to reduce the temptation to text while driving.

The ap answers texts for you, so you can keep your eyes on the road. It's called, "No text while driving" and you can set it to send any automatic message you want, whenever you want.

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