A quick search online can find you the many notable distinctions the Houston metro area has earned over the years. But the most recent chart topping statistic is no badge of honor. Houston now leads the nation as the most distracted – and deadliest – city behind the wheel. Flying high above Houston’s freeways and rural county roads, every day Memorial Hermann Life Flight® sees the devastating toll these preventable tragedies take on our families, friends and neighbors.
And that’s why Memorial Hermann Life Flight is committed to driving change in our communities.
SAFE 2 SAVE
To help combat distracted driving in the Greater Houston area, Memorial Hermann Life Flight recently teamed up with SAFE 2 SAVE, a mobile app that rewards drivers for not using their cellphones while driving. As a leader in trauma care and home to the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, one of the nation’s busiest Level I trauma centers, Memorial Hermann Health System is working with SAFE 2 SAVE to tackle the life-threatening epidemic.
THE PROBLEM OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
In a technology addicted society, distracted driving has become a huge epidemic. According to National Safety Council, every seven seconds someone is injured in motor vehicle crashes and every 15 minutes someone dies. A driver is 23 times more likely to crash when texting and driving; the majority of these crashes involve young drivers ages 16 to 34.
To affectively address the #1 most preventable death among our young people and change behavioral patterns, SAFE 2 SAVE has developed a platform that creates a positive rewards system and accountability to a loved one. Users who "Don't Tech and Drive," accumulate points that they can redeem for discounts at their favorite local and online businesses.
SAFE 2 SAVE has remained free for users since its initial launch in 2016. Competitions are hosted by schools and companies that can be sponsored by local law firms, insurance companies, banks or car dealerships.
Take the Driving Change pledge and earn 750 bonus points in the SAFE 2 SAVE app*.
I acknowledge that when I’m driving distracted, I’m putting myself, my loved ones and my fellow Houstonians at risk. I pledge to drive change for Houston by downloading the SAFE 2 SAVE app, sponsored by Memorial Hermann Life Flight, bringing the Live Your DREAMS program to a high school near me, and/or educating myself and my loved ones on safe driving behaviors.
Why are you taking the pledge?
To be the difference for my community and my city. One life lost is one life too many. #HoustonStrong
My family, for Kevin, my friends and for myself.
For a better and safer tomorrow.
For my kids and husband.
*Want a head start on earning free and discounted treats around town? When you take the Driving Change pledge, Memorial Hermann will email you a code for 750 bonus points on the SAFE 2 SAVE app.
Live Your DREAMS
REDUCE DISTRACTED DRIVING
Live Your DREAMS aims to reduce impaired and distracted driving among teens in Houston through community and school-based awareness, hospital-based prevention programs and in-depth workshops.
The Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center launched the Live Your DREAMS program in 2014 and has since built strong collaborations with key community partners such as the Houston Fire Department to bring distracted driving simulators into school districts across Southeast Texas.
ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS
The Live Your DREAMS program introduces students to strategies that reduce the initiation of teenage risky behavior, increase parental involvement and encourage peer-to-peer interaction.
Bring Live Your DREAMS to your community
More Programs & Outreach at Memorial Hermann
Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national initiative bleeding control basic course that is designed to empower the general public to immediately respond to life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to recognize life threatening bleeding and stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations.
Through evidence based outreach and education programs, the injury prevention coordinators at Memorial Hermann strive to keep our communities safe. Visit our Safety Tips section to learn how you can prevent common preventable injuries.
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