Miss Illinois, ISP Safety Education Officer To Tout Safe Driving at RLC

(INA, IL) — Miss Illinois Crystal Davis along with Illinois State Police District 13 Safety Education Officer Trooper Christopher Watson will be at Rend Lake College next Thursday to discuss with students there about the dangers of distracted driving. The program will start at 10 a.m. in the RLC Theater. According to Illinois State Police, driver inattention is a factor in more than 1 million crashes annually in North America. The result of these accidents is nearly $40 billion per year in an economic impact. Davis, who is from Anna, will speak first about her personal experiences with distracted driving spawning from an accident she was involved in year ago. Her platform, Crystal Clear Driving – Eyes on the Road, will illustrate that distracted driving is not just being on the phone or texting. Watson will provide a presentation for all in attendance. He said though the definition of distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the task of safely driving a vehicle, there will be much more covered about the law and cell phone usage. Watson will take an in-depth look at the ISP’s Fatal Four driving errors, which include distracted driving, and hopes students take away how truly dangerous driving can be and how they can mitigate some of that risk by making good decisions behind the wheel. For more information about the presentation, contact ReAnne Palmer at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1223 or palmerr@rlc.edu.