April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

During April 10-15, local and state law enforcement will be aggressively ticketing drivers who are texting or using their mobile devices behind the wheel. Forty-five states, including Pennsylvania, ban texting while driving for all drivers.

The awareness campaign will be broadcasted by television, radio and digital advertising. Their efforts will focus on enforcing the issue of texting while driving while also informing the public of the deadly consequences and financial penalties texting while driving creates. The ads will run from April 6-15.

The NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) data shows that in 2013, at least 3,154 people were killed in an accident involving a distracted driver. This number includes individuals who were texting behind the wheel as well. The NHTSA has estimated that 424,000 Americans were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2013.

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 also teaching them about responsible driving.

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 from distracted drivers on the road.

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 will a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case.

Source:

NHTSA, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign Cracks Down on Distracted Driving”