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Now is the perfect time
to schedule
a sports physical for the student
athlete in your family at Taylor
Medical Center. A sports physical
helps to determine if your son or
daughter can safely participate in
a sport and should be part of your
preparation for any summer sports
or athletic activities for the next
school year.
hen you’re behind the wheel
of a car and the cell phone
rings or a text comes in, will you
pick up the phone? Texting, dialing,
talking or even reaching for the
phone is “distracted driving.” This
national epidemic a¥ects both adults
and teenagers alike, and texting
while driving makes a crash up to 23
times more likely to occur. According
to a 2014 Harrison Poll, 45 percent
of its participants admitted to reading
text messages while driving and 37
percent admitted to sending texts
Staying Alive
Don’t Text &
Drive
Get Game Ready
while driving, which compares with
37 percent of drivers who drink and
drive.
The numbers don’t lie. Texting while
driving causes 1.6 million accidents
every year, according to the National
Safety Council, and is responsible
for 330,000 injuries per year
(Harvard Center for Risk Analysis).
Plus, 11 teen deaths are contributed
to text-related crashes every day
(Ins. Institute for Highway Safety
Fatality Facts).
To help educate and protect young
drivers, Good Shepherd Medical
Center remains committed to its
safety campaign, “Texting Can
Wait,” in partnership with area
high schools. Good Shepherd
also encourages all drivers to
sign a text-free driving pledge at
MillionPledgeMission.com.
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Taylor Medical Center is
located at 1761 NW Loop 281,
Longview.
Hours of operation are
Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat.
and Sun. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact
Taylor Medical Center at (903)
297-1733.
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