April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness MonthDriving can be a carefree way to get from point A to point B, but there are a lot of dangers you can encounter when you’re out on the road. Driving under the influence is one of those, with drunk drivers causing injuries and death on a daily basis, but people simply picking up a cell phone and talking or texting while driving are also causing a growing number of accidents.

That’s why April is Distracted Driving Awareness month with Focus Driven, a group who are advocates for cell-free driving, partnering with Team One to create awareness about distracted driving and bring safety to the road. Given the statistics of cell phone use and traffic safety put together by NHTSA, spreading awareness is vital:

  • 5,474 people were killed in 2009 due to distracted driving, with 995 reported fatalities due to distraction caused by a cell phone.
  • 448,000 people were injured in 2009, with 24,000 said to involve reports of a cell phone being the tool of distraction during the crash.
  • 70% of people who responded to the 2010 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey said they have talked on a cell phone in the car in the last 30 days, even though 2 out of 3 responders state that using cell phones while driving could threaten their safety on the road.

All it takes is a split second of distraction while driving and you could permanently affect your life and the life of someone else by causing injury or death. Take the opportunity this April to focus on the road and be aware of the dangers of distracted driving.