April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of workplace death. With one in four crashes estimated to involve cell phone use, we need to be concerned. Calls kill – it doesn’t matter if a driver is talking on a handheld or hands-free device. More than 30 studies show hands-free doesn’t make a driver any safer – the brain remains distracted by the conversation.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention from the primary task of driving. All forms of distracted driving endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has hel
d steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways.
3,154 people were killed in 2013 and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
If you must take a call, please pull over. One moment in time could cost you everything!