Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April)
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released recent data that supports the claim that distracted driving continues to become more and more of a deadly epidemic in the United States and across the Globe. Here are some recent statistics on distracted driving.
- In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 421,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. (NHTSA)
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to be involved in a serious crash. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
- In 2011, 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group had the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. (NHTSA)
Many distractions exist that could compromise a drivers, passengers or others sharing the road safety. In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA motorists should pay attention to the primary task of driving and offer tips to help stay aware while on the road.