Distracted and Drowsy Driving Prevention Program

PJ Students at Driving Safety Program

In May 2017, to raise awareness of the beginning of the "100 Deadliest Days of Driving" for high school student-drivers, Stony Brook University’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) implemented its Prevention of Distracted and Drowsy Driving Program at Port Jefferson High School. The three day interactive program was developed by a team of faculty from the School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM) and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.

This program offered a three-day curriculum including interactive presentations:

On Day 1, we presented an overview of the hazards and current statistics of distracted driving and a video presentation demonstrating the consequences of driving while distracted.

On Day 2, we implemented two interactive stations using two interactive driving simulators to simulate the effects of distracted driving, and offering a distracted texting and walking activity. The team was also excited to have representatives from State Farm to speak about the dangers of distracted driving.

On Day 3, we implemented three interactive stations: Drowsy Driving, "Speak-Up" (assertiveness training), and traffic stop sobriety tests demonstrated by Suffolk County Police Department Officer Wendy Verlotte.

We now look forward to continuing to work with our school district partners, Suffolk County Police Department, and State Farm to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted and drowsy driving for high school students, and by doing so to save lives.