Buckle Up. Phone Down.
Do you know that each year more than 3,000 people die in traffic crashes related to distracted driving? At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving can be described as any activity or action that draws a driver’s attention away from his or her focus on driving. According to Distraction.gov, activities and actions that can be characterized as distracted driving can include, but are not limited to:
- Talking on the cell phone
- Talking to a passenger
- Eating or drinking
- Messing with the CD player, radio, or MP3 player
- Using a GPS
- Reading any type of material
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) deemed April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is the hope of the NHTSA that designating a month to educating drivers on the deadly aspect of distracted driving will convince them to concentrate on the road rather than distractions within their vehicle.
During Distracted Driving Month and throughout the year, we encourage you to stay safe on the job and off. You can do this by putting down the phone down while driving. Remember – no one ever died in a crash because they chose not to read a text message! Additionally, we encourage you to take and share the National Safety Council’s pledge to help convince drivers to put down their phones, be a focused driver, and keep the roadways safe from distractions.