PSA on Distracted Driving PSA
Cell phones are amazing devices that keep us connected to just about anyone and anything. But when people try to do more than just drive while behind the wheel, a simple call or text can result in devastating consequences.
According to the NSC, “There is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving – even hands free. Distracted driving takes many forms, but cell phone use is at the top. Research shows the brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but often you don’t realize that distracted driver is you.”
A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) also found “80% of vehicle crashes involve some form of distracted driving [and while] cell phone use gets a lot of attention for causing crashes, it isn’t the only dangerous distraction.” Driving distracted is generally described in 3 ways: having your eyes off the road, mind off the road, or hands off the steering wheel.
The National Safety Council has recognized April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and many of you, like us, use your chosen profession to defend those families affected by situations involving serious injuries due to distracted driving. In anticipation of the national awareness month, we want to encourage all of you to take a moment to spread the word on this extremely important issue.
Here are just a few sites that have ready-to-share content on the subject.