Distracted driving: Eden Prairie efforts aim at “driving culture shift”
According to a 2015 estimate by the Center for Disease Control, that’s how many Americans die every day as a result of distracted driving. Another 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
That number, for a growing coalition of organizations around Eden Prairie and beyond, is unacceptably high.
This week, Aug. 1-5, marks one of several efforts on the part of the Distraction-Free Driving Club at Eden Prairie High School to make the streets of Eden Prairie safer.
Amy Wang, a member of the club who will be a senior at EPHS in the fall, described the efforts of club members and allies to start conversations about distracted driving throughout the city.
The effort centers around large, shiny gold balloons in the shape of the number nine.
“We’ll be bringing the balloons to the major parts of Eden Prairie, and hopefully a huge balloon will start up some conversation about the issue,” said Wang.
Wang joined the club shortly after completing a DECA project on the same topic in her sophomore year. The club coordinates with the Shreya Dixit Foundation, and the week of discussion initiation will end with the 10th annual Raksha Run/Walk 5K, an event with the same aim.