The Risks of Distracted Driving

by Sara Waldron on February 21, 2017

What should you know about distracted driving?

Any activity that could divert a driver’s attention away from properly operating a vehicle is distracted driving. All these distractions can endanger the driver, passenger, and bystanders’ safety. There are many types of driving distractions including eating, cell phone usage, grooming, and adjusting a radio or CD player. In fact, text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction to a driver. This is due to the fact that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention by the driver. Driving distracted leads to an increase chance of a motor vehicle crash. The next time you feel the need to text someone while driving, remember at 55 mph the average text can take your eyes off the road long enough to cover a football field. Is that text really that important?

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How can you make a difference?

Did you know that each day in the U.S. over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver? These are only the actual numbers that are reported to law enforcement. There are many state and federals laws that ban texting while driving and that use graduate driver licensing systems for teen drivers. These actions are being done to raise awareness of distracted driving and to stop it from occurring. The best way to end distracted driving is to educate everyone about the dangers it poses.

 

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

    1. Use your cell phone for emergency situations only. Keep your cell phone only for emergency use while driving. If you need to use your phone, it’s best to pull over on the shoulder of the road to make a call. Using the hands-free devices can still distract you from missing driving cues to avoid an accident. Some states now offer a spot to pull over to text on your phone so you are not tempted to do it while driving.
    2. Do not drive if you are drowsy. If you feel tired, pull off the road. It’distracted Driving pic 2s more important to get home safely. Don’t take the risk to try to get there faster. In fact, drowsy driving increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times.
    3. Do not eat while you’re driving. Eating a meal in the car may seem like a good way to save time in the morning or on the way home. But this activity diverts your attention from other drivers on the road and slows down your defensive responses. Don’t worry about food spilling in your car by planning extra time to eat before getting into the car.
    4. Limit the number of passengers or level of activity inside the car. This is an easy way to reduce your chances of being distracted. Novice drivers are more likely to lose focus and be distracted by friends or other activity in the car. Remember driving is a huge responsibility and life’s other events can wait until you pull the car over safely.
    5. Multi-tasking is a great skill, but not in the car. Multi-tasking is a great life skill to have and to be more productive. This skill should not be used while driving. Many people spend a lot of time in their vehicles and want to use the time to get little things done. The chance of distraction isn’t worth it. For once, forget the to-do list and just concentrate on driving.

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Distracted driving is a growing issue due to the increase in technology and smart phones. Try following some of those tips to reduce distracted driving and arrive at your destination safely. Like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network.

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What does a Healthy Romantic Relationship look like?

by Katie Bogusz on February 16, 2017

Relationships can be confusing and when romance is added to the mix things can become more complicated.  It’s important in a healthy romantic relationship to always have the following factors: respect, honesty, trust, and communication.  There should be mutual respect in the relationship where you learn about the other person and what they value.  It’s necessary to be honest in a romantic relationship about your thoughts, feelings, and goals.  A healthy relationship means that you feel you can count on each other and that the other person will be there for you.  Communication is the glue that holds the other three factors together because it’s how we show honesty, respect and trust.  Read on for more details about healthy relationships!

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Respect

BSU’s own Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support center states that a healthy relationship includes respect.  This means that, “Both individuals value one another and view one another as important.  Boundaries, opinions, privacy, other relationships, and personality traits are respected”.  The opposite of this is disrespect which occurs when your partner may not consider your feelings or does not treat you the way that you would expect to be treated.  When a relationship becomes abusive that is when we see violent disrespect.  This occurs when, “The abusive partner is violent and disregards their partner’s emotional or physical well-being.  Uses hurtful language, threats, coercion, or physical strength”.

Communicating respectfully is important in any relationship.  If you have disagreements in a relationship try and understand your partner’s point of view.  This will build empathy and respect within a relationship because you will build an understanding and appreciation for your differences.  This is because “Respect reflects the value, validation, and the worth of another person”.

Honesty

In an honest relationship, “Both partners tell the truth even when they were not asked.  Both partners are honest about matters that will affect the relationship”.  Honesty comes with respect and is usually followed by trust because when you’re honest with your partner it shows you respect them and it creates more trust in your relationship.  When a relationship becomes dishonest one or both “Partner(s) lies on occasion and chooses to not open up about matters that affect the couple”.  In an abusive relationship one or both “Partner(s) lies often and purposely does not share important information related to the relationship”.

When you are honestly communicating with your partner that is when you really are able to get to know who they are.  In a healthy romantic relationship your partner wants to know who you really are and that means you have to be honest with one another.  The best way to do this is communicating your feelings honestly and openly.

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Trust

A healthy trustworthy relationship occurs when, “Partners have confidence in one another.  Both partners must give and earn trust”.  Trust for many people is created over time and it really shows you and your partner that you will be there for them when they need it most.  An unhealthy relationship includes distrust, which is when, “One or both partners question and doubt each other or may not always believe what the other says to them”.  When a relationship becomes abusive it includes jealousy, which is when, “One or both partners display extreme jealousy, or constantly questions or accuses their partner of cheating or flirting.  Partner may act physically violent”.

To build trust you need communication.  If you feel like your partner isn’t truly listening to you and doesn’t understand you than you cannot build trust.  When you feel like trust has been broken in a relationship it’s important to communicate that so your partner is aware of how much it has hurt you.  Communication in a relationship can create trust because you are able to understand what you need to support and love your partner.

How to get Support

If you find that you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship it’s important to know that you have resources to support and guide you out of your relationship.  If you would like to receive counseling services on campus please visit the Counseling Center in Weygand Hall, their phone number is 508-531-1331 Monday thru Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM.  If you need medical services Health Services in Weygand Hall.  Their phone number is 508-531-1252 Monday thru Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM.  If you feel more comfortable accessing GLBTA resources please visit the GLBTA pride center in the Rondileau Campus Center, room 109.  Their phone number is 508-531-1408.

If you would like to learn more about the Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center please visit their website, https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/SexualViolenceAdvocacy/SitePages/Home.aspx.  If you would like to access resources off campus please visit, https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/SexualViolenceAdvocacy/SitePages/SVASC-Off%20Campus.aspx?WikiPageMode=Edit&InitialTabId=Ribbon.EditingTools.CPEditTab&VisibilityContext=WSSWikiPage.  If you would like to access resources online please visit, https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/SexualViolenceAdvocacy/SitePages/SVASC-Online.aspx?WikiPageMode=Edit&InitialTabId=Ribbon.EditingTools.CPEditTab&VisibilityContext=WSSWikiPage. To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network,  https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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Eating Disorder Screenings Offered at BSU!

January 31, 2017

As part of Outreach Education’s Love Your Body Week, the Counseling Center & Outreach professional staff are offering free and anonymous Eating Disorder Screenings on Thursday, February 16th from 11am-2pm in the ECC lobby and RCC lower lobby.  The screening program is meant to educate and screen individuals for eating disorders and connect those who […]

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Go Red for Women about Heart Health

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What is the Go Red for Women Movement? The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement was designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! There are some risk […]

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Your Skin is In

January 25, 2017

On Tuesday January 31st from 2PM-5PM in the ECC lobby Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators are holding Free Facial Screenings offered by the Melanoma Foundation of New England.  The screening will allow you to see damage to your skin and will provide information on sun safety.  While there, take the pledge that you […]

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Winter Driving Safety

January 17, 2017

Many Bridgewater students are commuters which is why it is so important to ensure that our vehicles are prepared for the winter weather!  Even though the icy roads and snowy conditions may scare us sometimes we have responsibilities that force us to get out on the roads. So read on and learn about being prepared […]

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Start your Spring Semester Stress Free and Organized!

January 10, 2017

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Tips for Designating a Sober Driver

December 27, 2016

Why should I have a designated driver? If you choose to drink, be smart and safe in your decisions. You may feel like it’s been a long week and you want to go out with your friends to relax. The designated driver is a great way to be safe when you are out having drinks. […]

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Drinking Alcohol in the Cold Weather: A Myth Debunked

December 20, 2016

Did you know drinking alcohol in the cold is actually more dangerous for you because it lowers your core body temperature?  Here in Bridgewater we’re used to cold winters and we make sure to keep ourselves layered and warm during the freezing cold.  So why not make sure our insides are kept warm as well?  […]

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Tips for Pacing Yourself if You Choose to Drink

December 13, 2016

How can I pace myself if I decide to drink… If you choose to drink, be smart and safe in your decisions. There are plenty of reasons to learn how to pace yourself while drinking. The most important one, aside from avoiding embarrassing behavior, is health related. Young adults who binge-drink are likely to set […]

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