Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and various public safety agencies in California and across the nation are observing and conducting public safety campaigns related to distracted driving prevention. The NHTSA is publicizing their campaign in television, radio and digital advertising in both English and Spanish to get the word out about the dangers of distracted driving.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay

Paid advertising for the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign will run form April 4-13, 2016. These safety announcements won’t just focus on the dangers associated with distracted driving and texting behind the wheel. They’ll also focus on the financial impact of texting while driving. This year the NHTSA is focusing on the idea that “If you’re texting, you’re not driving.” You simply can’t do both. You might think you can, but in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of the research, you can’t. This isn’t an area that you can safely multitask. You’re either texting or you’re driving.

Facts About Distracted Driving

  • In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2014.
  • As of February 2016, 46 states have banned drivers from texting behind the wheel.
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.
  • At 55 miles per hour, that’s like closing your eyes for the entire length of a football field.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

Cases involving distracted drivers aren’t always immediately apparent. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was distracted, texting or manipulating an electronic device at the time of the crash. A personal injury lawyer can be a valuable asset after a crash, especially if you suspect distracted driving was a factor in your case.

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