Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is the National Safety Council's Distracted Driving Awareness month, which aims to end distraction-related traffic injuries and fatalities.
Crash statistics paint many pictures of our driving habits, but one constant over the past few decades has remained a major problem—accidents caused by cell phones and other distractions.
In the grand scheme of things, cell phones are still new technology. New technology takes getting used to, and we continue to feel those growing pains—thousands have died because of distracted driving, and every year cell phones continue to be one of the leading causes of traffic-related deaths.
We've heard the figures before:
Driving at 55 mph on the highway, taking your eyes off the road to send just a single text makes you miss the equivalent of an entire football field.
Think for a second just how big that is. In the blink of an eye, you're hurtling through a hundred yards of unknown highway and hidden dangers.
It's such a big problem because, taken separately, driving and texting aren't that risky. But combined, the two present a major, major safety issue.
Distracted driving isn't just caused by cell phones, although phones play a big part. Everything from applying makeup to eating can force you to shift attention away from the road, where it belongs.
We aren't trying to lecture you. But 8 people are killed every day because of distracted driving, usually over simple text messages that could have waited a few minutes for a red light.
Help do your part, and together we can eliminate these pointless and avoidable tragedies.