First published by The National Safety Council.
The National Safety Council (NSC) is hosting the 10th annual Distracted Driving Awareness month.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Safety Council postponed the observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month from April to October 2020.
This year’s Distracted Driving Awareness month began with the release of a report that covers the science that is behind distractions that occur while driving and make roadways safer.
The report recommends that drivers only use their cell phones if they are parked and that they program apps for navigation and music before they start driving. There is also a signal to legislators to pass laws that prohibit the use of devices while driving.
On a typical day, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Talking on a cell phone – even hands-free – or texting or programming an in-vehicle infotainment system diverts your attention away from driving. Keep yourself and others around you safe and #justdrive.
Join NSC and lead sponsor TRUCE Software – a company dedicated to decreasing workplace distraction and improving worker safety – during Distracted Driving Awareness Month to help make our roadways and our people safer. Create a distracted driving program for your organization, or educate your community by sharing these materials.
To prevent tragedies due to distracted driving, motorists are urged to:
- 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.
All pedestrians and bicyclists should focus on their surroundings and not on their electronic devices. Learn more here.
For more information on the Distracted Driving Awareness month, visit nsc.org.
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