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National Trauma Awareness Month 2013
"If You're Distracted - We're Impacted!" 
The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month.  This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 25th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted” will focus on Distraction. The issue of distracted driving and other activities where individuals are distracted is a critical issue for public safety and demands action immediately.
As you will recall, distracted driving was the theme of National Trauma Awareness Month 2012.  Despite the popularity of the campaign and continued national, state and local focus on the issue, fatalities and severe injury caused by distracted driver crashes continues to increase.
In mid December 2011, the Administrator of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation, unanimously approved by all members of the NTSB, to ban the use of all hand held devices used by drivers.  In an interview on national news, the Administrator said this is a recommendation the NTSB hopes all states will translate into laws.  Many states have acted, yet others still lag far behind.  
We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to the issue and invoke change by the community and its policymakers.
We are proud to continue the annual tradition of National Trauma Awareness Month during the month of May.   ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter. We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the ATS web site for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Programs”, and then National Trauma Awareness Month.
We urge you to start planning activities and make this year’s celebration the best one yet! 

Resources to Prevent Distracted Driving
What is Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving Facts and Figures
Distracted Driving Brochure
Distracted Driving Brochure (Inside)
Distracted Driving Pledge
Distracted Driving Links
Drowsy Driving
Driven To Distraction PowerPoint
Driving and Distraction Safety Resources

Distraction Video PSA's (Warning: Some of these videos contain graphic content):
Choose Not to Text and Drive, Choose Life
Crash Test Without Seatbelts
Hang Up and Drive
Saturday Night Live Driving PSA

Distractions
Distracted Pedestrian
Distracted Passenger Brochure
Distracted Passenger Brochure (Inside)
Teach Your Teen to Be a Good Passenger (CHOP/State Farm)
Be as Good a Passenger As You Are a Friend (CHOP/State Farm)
Doggie Distractions Fact Sheet (AAA)
Road Trips with Your Dog (ASPCA)
Distraction Word Search

Trauma Awareness / Trauma Survivors Day
Tool Kit for Trauma Awareness Ceremony
Trauma Awareness Ceremony Checklist
Trauma Awareness Generic Ceremony Brochure
Trauma Nurse Excellence Award Letter
Sample Flyer
How to Invite and Host Legislators or Policymakers


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