Huntsville Medflight team urges drivers to cut out distractions

Distracted Driving
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The Huntsville Medflight team works with people on their worst day, so that they can live to see another one. "[What] people tend to say is I hope I never have to see you, well that's understandable," says Kendall Birdwell, a flight paramedic for Medflight.

Birdwell has seen a plenty of gruesome injuries and attributes a lot of them to distracted driving. "Injuries can be anything from broken pelvises to broken femurs to debilitating injuries," he said. In an industry where every second counts to save a life, he says it takes just as long for a driver to get distracted. "It only takes a split second to change your life indefinitely," says Birdwell. "Whether it'll be a second chance at life, which we all hope for, or you will get that debilitating injury that will forever change what you know today to be normal."

Accidents will always happen, but distracted driving is something that's in YOUR hands. "We're asking everyone to please put down whatever it is you're doing, two hands on the wheel, and keep your eyes on a swivel."

You'll hear more from Kendall Birdwell and other advocates for eliminating distracted driving, during an hour-long special that airs Saturday, February 27 from 7-8 p.m. on WHNT News 19.