National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

During the month of April, several organizations unite under the same mission encourage everyone to drive with focus and to reach their destination safely. Distracted Driving Awareness Month puts safety first and text messages, arriving on time, and friends under the influence in the back seat.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is mobilizing law enforcement officers nationwide to look out for drivers texting or using their phone behind the wheel.

In 2016, new NHTSA data shows that at least 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, including those who were texting and driving. Key statistical findings in NHTSA’s new 2016 Distracted Driving Research Note and Teen Distracted Driver Fact Sheet include:

How to prevent injuries:

· 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 unsafe drivers.