April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, the United States Department of Transportation combined with local law enforcements and launched the first-ever national advertising campaign to combat distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-related crashes in 2012. Like drunk driving, or not wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving is just as dangerous. Over 100,000 crashes alone are caused by texting and driving (itcanwait.com). This is one of the most common distractions, especially among young people. 75% of teens say that it is common for their friends to text and drive (itcanwait.com).
The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Today, over 43 states have banned texting with driving. If you are caught texting and driving, you there can be harsh penalties for violating the distracted driving laws. There are many things that we can do to help kick start this campaign and prevent distracted driving.
Some of these things include:
- — Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
- — Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
- — Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving.
- — Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
- — Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.
No text message is worth the risk of endangering your life or anyone else’s. It can wait. Take action to educate others about the dangers of distracted driving.
Information from the NHTSA and itcanwait.com. Read more here: