About 25 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving, with the majority of these involving drivers somehow using their cellphones, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving-related car accidents, the NSC has made the month of April National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In its third consecutive year sponsoring this campaign, this year, the NSC has chosen the theme of the month to be “What were you thinking?,” with the goal of getting drivers to focus their attention on the road – instead of anything else including their cellphones – when driving.
One particularly significant element of the 2013 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to call attention to the fact that use of hands-free devices can be just as distracting and dangerous as the use of hand-held cellphones themselves. In fact, according to the president and CEO of the NSC, “many drivers have a false sense of security that hands-free devices make cellphone use while driving safe… more than 30 research studies show hands-free devices provide no safety benefit as the distraction to the brain remains. We hope people will take the time this April to help spread this important message so needless tragedies can be prevented.”
To help spread the word about National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the NSC is encouraging the drivers (and the general public) to:
- Pledge to turn off their cellphones when driving
- Encourage their employers to adopt a “no cellphone policy” for their employees that drive during business hours
- Share the NSC’s social media posts regarding distracted driving facts
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