Gary Barbera Tent Is up to Bring Distracted Driving Down

Gary Barbera Tent Is up to Bring Distracted Driving Down

The Barbera Cares Red, White, and Blue Don’t Text and Drive tent went up in time for Memorial Day Weekend – Slow Down, Phone Down, Because Barbera CARES!

Gary Barbera and his Barbera Cares Division has double-down their Distracted Driving Don’t Text and Drive campaign to accelerate awareness during COVID-19. So many are distracted and multi-tasking while driving because of the coronavirus pandemic. Traffic has been lighter than ever, however the open roads are causing many to speed over the limit, text, use infotainment systems, and become easily distracted, unfortunately going through red lights and stop signs. Everyone needs to recommit themselves to driving more responsibly.

Memorial Day Weekend will not be the same this year however many will be driving and walking around and exercising outdoors.

The Gary Barbera Cares Don’t Text and Drive Dodge, Ram, and Jeep displays are strategically located within Philadelphia and the suburbs. Barbera Cares has proudly been partnering with the Northeast Tower Chick-Fil-A at Adams Avenue, Duane Pierce Proprietor for years. It’s the ideal location to remind Roosevelt Boulevard drivers to Phone Down, Slow Down. There have been more than 100 fatalities on the Boulevard since 2013. In 2019, there were seven vehicle-related deaths and — disturbingly — 21 in 2018. The average in recent years has been 10. As well, Roosevelt Boulevard has accounted for 8% of all crashes in Philadelphia that resulted in a fatality or serious injury from 2013 to 2017. Two intersections — at Grant Avenue and Red Lion Road — are notorious for accidents, ranking in 2001 as the second and third most dangerous intersections in the entire United States.

Barbera Cares also has their Don’t Text and Drive displays in the suburbs and their newest partnership with Quaker Steak and Lube near Parx Casino in Bensalem.

Gary Barbera believes, “Awareness and repetition are key to preventing casualties from distracted driving, especially the unnecessary risks that texting while driving present. This is something we all can control especially during these uncontrollable times”

AAA reports distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures over 1,000 every day in America. According to the National Safety Council estimates, at least 24 percent of all traffic crashes, or at least 1.4 million crashes each year, are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Speed cameras will go active June 1 on Roosevelt Blvd., with warnings before tickets.

Studies and statistics show that when hit at 40 miles per hour, a pedestrian has a 90% chance of dying. When hit at 20 miles per hour, their chances of death are 10%.

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