April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov), between 2012 – 2017, nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. were killed in a crash involving a distracted driver.

In April, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA will again be partnering with state and local enforcement for the U Drive. U Pay campaign as a reminder to all drivers that distracted driving is deadly and illegal.

Common distracted driving behaviors include, grooming, eating, texting, drinking, using your smart phone for directions or other types of browsing, all of which will be monitored and ticketed. Texting is considered the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Everyone can get involved in ending distracted driving. Teens and parents need to talk to each other and parents need to be careful to model good behavior. educators and employers can help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Employers have the opportunity to set a company policy on distracted driving.

Take responsibility. When you’re behind the wheel, your only commitment is to driving. Everything else can wait.