If you haven’t heard yet, April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness month. Last week Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the month long campaign and as part of the National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign from April 10-15, “state and local law enforcement will aggressively ticket drivers who are texting or using their mobile devices when behind the wheel.”
For anyone with a teenager driving this is a frightening statistic: 49% of the people killed during teen (15 to 19) distraction affected crashes were teens 15 to 19 years old.
Now the simple things for everyone to do to avoid being distracted, and by the way, we’re distracted by way more than just our smartphones:
- Never text and drive
- Turn off your phone when you get behind the wheel
- Don’t text or call someone when you know they are likely to be driving
- Make a pact with your family, spouse, and caregivers never to use the phone with kids in the car
- No eating or drinking while driving
- Don’t program your GPS, MP3 player or other devices while driving
- Pull over and stop to read maps
- No grooming
- No reading
- No watching videos
- If something falls to the floor, pull over before trying to reach it
Now even though we’re all well informed, even though we know we shouldn’t text, put on our lipstick or look in the rearview mirror to see if we can get that annoying poppy seed from this morning’s bagel out from that space between our two front teeth, even knowing there are lots of preventable deaths if we just do the right thing – some of us still aren’t quite getting it.
So for everyone still not paying attention, watch this, then: #justdrive