LEBANON, Mo. - A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver, according to AdCouncil. The Ozark Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is promoting safety awareness in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Lebanon. Texting while driving is an action they hope to prevent, so the ENA is providing the hospital department with pink and blue thumb bracelets to give out to teens.
The slogans on the rings are “texting kills” and “text free driver.” Nurses hope that this is one way to promote awareness of the rising issue in the community. Mercy emergency nurse Mickey Stout said, “Their intent is that the teen driver will wear them and hopefully be reminded of the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.”
Mercy Hospital Lebanon would like to thank members of the Ozark Chapter of ENA, Pat Clutter and David Wyant, for bringing the accessories to Mercy's emergency department for distribution.