According to the CDC, “Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver”.
We have to find a way to decrease these injuries and deaths. A big way we feel as though this could be decreased is by a decrease in cell phone use while driving.
“During daylight hours across America, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving” (NHTSA).
“47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam ban texting while driving” yet, “In 2017, 42% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days reported sending a text or email while driving”.
So how can we each do our part in keeping everyone on the roads less distracted and more safe?
CDC offers advice:
Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving.
Become informed and be active – Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your kids’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.