Distracted driving accounts for over 3,500 people killed each year and over 391,000 injured. These numbers are increasing each year based on a culture that wants its cell phones, computers in vehicles, fast pace life styles and need to do your makeup in the car while driving and being in a hurry. Is being in a hurry, and not paying attention, or being distracted from driving worth one person’s life. Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants to empower you to put safety first and Just Drive (NSC, 2017)
Remember, when someone dies, it also affects others, like families, friends, and communities. Is it worth it? The cost upon an individual who is involved in a distracted driver accident could be disastrous to the individual and then to their family, and if the distracted driving was done on business time, during a work day, it could mean a business goes out of business.
How do we stop this? We get involved. We educate our teens and who will be driving soon, or are already driving. Start them young and they will carry it on into life. We educate the public and push them to see the outcomes of the distracted driver accidents. Employers should make guidelines and rules at their companies for their employees to commit to distraction free driving. The small amount of time and effort provided in educating and setting prevention methods will save lives, save money and provide a safe world around us. Make your voice heard, if you feel strongly about distracted driving, be a voice in your community by supporting local laws, speaking out at community meetings, and highlighting the dangers of distracted driving on social media and in your local op-ed pages.
Make the pledge go to the National Safety Councils website at https://www.nsc.org/forms/distracteddriving_pledge.aspx and take the pledge:
I pledge to Just Drive for my own safety and for others with whom I share the roads. I choose to not drive distracted in any way – I will not:
- Have a phone conversation – handheld, hands-free, or via Bluetooth
- Text or send Snapchats
- Use voice-to-text features in my vehicle’s dashboard system
- Update Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Vine or other social media
- Check or send emails
- Take selfies or film videos
- Input destinations into GPS (while the vehicle is in motion)
- Call or message someone else when I know they are driving
If your company need help in providing Distracted Driver training or policies, please contact SCS Safety Health and Security Associates, LLC to help you with your needs by calling (703)-779-7330 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
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NSC Pledge, 2017. NSC Distracted Driver Pledge. Retrieved from: https://www.nsc.org/forms/distracteddriving_pledge.aspx
NSC, 2017. NSC Distracted Driver Month Website. Retrieved from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC- Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx
NHTSA, 2017. NHTSA Distracted Driver Website. Retrieved from: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving