April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
During April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with local and state law enforcement, will be reminding everyone about the dangers of distracted driving. The NHTSA says they will be “airing ads that convey a powerful message about distracted driving.”
The NHTSA estimates that 660,000 drivers use an electronic device behind the wheel each day during day time hours.
The NHTSA urges drivers to turn off all electronics and put them out of reach before heading out onto the road. If you are a passenger and your driver is texting while driving, speak up and encourage them to pull over. Also, always wear your seat belt. Seat belts can help protect you in accidents caused by distracted drivers on the road.
The administration believes in order to be successful at getting distracted drivers off the road, we need to begin educating young drivers at home. Parents should set a good example for their kids by not texting while driving and teach them about responsible driving.
There are also many apps that can be used to eliminate cell phone use on the road. LifeSaver, AT&T DriveMode, TrueMotion Family and Mojo are a few apps that have been positively reviewed by DMV.org.
Remember, distracted driving is not just about using electronic devices behind the wheel. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road. This includes: eating, drinking, adjusting the radio and even other passengers.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.
NHTSA, “You’ve got one job: driving safely.”