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April - Just Drive

 

Led by the National Safety Council, Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize and eliminate Preventable Deaths from Distracted Driving. Join us to help save lives. 

Distracted driving is a Public Health Issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation's roadways last year, and Distracted Driving is a major contributor.

Each death is 100% Preventable.  From Cell Phones to Dashboard Infotainment Systems to evolving Voice Command Features – all pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever.

Motor Vehicle Fatalities increased 9% through the first six months of 2016 and 18% over the same period in 2014 Car crashes remain the leading cause of death in the Workplace, as well as for teens, and Distraction is still a serious issue. In addition to cell phone use behind the wheel, in-vehicle, voice-activated infotainment systems make it easier than ever for drivers to be distracted. Despite these systems being marketed as safer, studies show they are actually more distracting.

However, fifty-three percent (53%) of drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe.  With some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the Safe Choice by using a Hands-Free device. But in fact, these technologies Distract Our Brains even long after you've used them.

Although many distractions exist while driving, Cell Phones remain the Top Distractor because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize That Driver is YOU!

Make no mistake: Hands-free multitasking technology, including voice-activated cell phone use and texting, is about Convenience, Not Safety!!

For more information about Distracted Driving and ways to prevent Distracted Driving Fatalities, visit the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month webpage at: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx

 

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