Every year, thousands of people are killed from distracted driving; to be precise, 3, 477 people were killed in 2015 and 391,000 were injured. What’s even more startling is that each one of those statistics could have been fully prevented.
Distracted driving includes any action that takes your attention away from driving and the road. This includes but is not limited to: talking, texting, or using driving directions or other apps on your cell phone, eating or drinking, fiddling with the radio and/or navigation system, or even simply talking to passengers in the vehicle.
The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month; however, it’s important to remember distracted driving happens every day. If you’re driving distracted, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, but you’re also putting passengers in your vehicle and those in the vicinity of your vehicle at risk. Together, we can minimize that risk and join the movement to pledge to be an attentive driver.
As law enforcement works to combat the problem, they say it’s hard to catch drivers in the act and that preventing distracted driving comes from educating the community. Law enforcement, isn’t off the hook though, surprisingly they are also part of the problem. If you’re part of a law enforcement department, consider downloading our guide, “Who’s Most Distracted Driver In Your Community?” to help educate your officers on how to reduce their distractions while driving.
Public entities with fleets may also want to consider using the National Safety Council’s (NSC) “The Free Cell Phone Policy Kit.” This kit provides all the necessary materials to help reduce crash risk. Additionally, the NSC offers a full course on distracted driving, you can test drive the course for free here.
For more information on Distracted Driving Awareness Month, visit the NSC.org or click here.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also provides some great tools and resources on distracted driving: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving