April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Did you know April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month? It is estimated that each day in the U.S., nine people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers. This needs to end, and here at Certified Headquarters, we want to draw attention to this very important issue because safety should always be a number one priority, especially when driving.
The origin of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is an utterly heartbreaking story. On November 25, 2008, a nine-year-old girl named Erica Forney was riding her bicycle by her home when she was tragically hit head-on by an SUV. The young girl sadly passed away two days later, and it was discovered that the driver of the SUV was looking at their cell phone at the time of the collision.
Erica’s mother Shelley was brave and overcame her unimaginable grief by becoming an active safety speaker and founding an advocacy group called Focus Driven, which brings awareness to the extremely serious issue of distracted driving. In 2010, Shelley’s efforts were recognized in Washington DC at a safety conference.
There are four types of distractions — visual, auditory, manual, and cognitive. Cell phone usage combines all four distraction types, and that is why it is so dangerous to use cell phones while driving. In fact, texting while driving increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times! And teens are especially at risk, with 58% of car wrecks involving teens happening as a result of distracted driving. When you consider the statistic that teens are three times more likely than adults to die in car accidents, the urgency of ending distracted driving becomes even clearer. And if you are still not convinced texting and driving is dangerous, get this — those who text and drive are six times more likely to crash than legally impaired drunk drivers!
Of course, cell phones are not the only culprit in distracted driving. Over 80% of drivers admit they drive with distractions, like applying makeup or shaving, choosing music, steering with their knees while eating, etc. It is everyone’s responsibility to put an end to distracted driving, during Distracted Driving Awareness Month and beyond, so be sure to share this important information with your teens and loved ones.
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