DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH
During April, several organizations unite under the same mission to encourage everyone to drive with focus and 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.
According to 2016 statistics, the National Safety Council estimates as many as 40,000 people died on U.S. roadways. That’s a 6% increase over 2015 statistics and 14% over 2014. The NDC says that’s the most dramatic two-year increase in 53 years.
What can you do? Turn off your phone. Designate a sober driver. Reduce your speed. Crying children can wait until you can pull over safely. Wear your seat belt.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth
- Take the pledge to stay focused and end distracted driving.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Safety Council, state, county, and local law enforcement support campaigns increasing awareness to end distracted driving.
- Read Distracted driving: a safety guide for responsible young drivers to learn safety tips for your teen driver.
- Throughout April, visit www.nsc.org or www.nhtsa.gov to learn more about what’s causing crashes, how to prevent them, and what else you can do. Use #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth to share on social media.
DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS HISTORY
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is promoted by several safety organizations in the United States.