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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is a time to spread knowledge and awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving refers to any type of stimulus that takes your eyes off the road. Any action that prevents a driver from focusing fully on the road is extremely dangerous, and these distractions lead to thousands of deaths a year. Unfortunately due to the increase of smartphones and their capabilities, distracted driving is not slowing down.

Examples of Distractions

Distractions come in the form of three categories: Visual (taking your eyes off the road), Cognitive (your mind wandering and not focusing on the road), and Manual (taking your hands off the wheel). Some of the common driving distractions are as follows:

Quick Stats

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), car accidents are unfortunately increasing.

A more detailed list of distracted driving data can be found from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Distracted Driving Resources

Governors Highway Safety Association – Distracted Driving Laws by State

National Safety Council – Just Drive Pledge

NHTSA – Distracted Driving Campaign

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Driving & Cell Phone Use info

Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Distracted Driving Info

United States Department of Transportation – Traffic Safety Marketing Materials

Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner – Distracted Driving Lawyers

Transportation Research, via ScienceDirect –  An analysis of crash risk due to distracted driving

NSC – Defensive Driving Courses

Safe Driving!


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