Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

"During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Safety Council hopes all employers will follow this lead and ask employees to disconnect and just drive".

In 2015, there were 68 fatalities in distracted driving crashes. Data shows that the number of accidents related to distractions jumped every year over the past decade. Texting while driving only increases the risks because the process combines all three types of distractions - visual, manual and cognitive. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact - distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. That requires us to rethink defensive driving in light of distracted driving.

Cromwell police will add special patrols this month that are geared toward catching drivers who are using their phones and other distracted drivers.

In El Monte, drivers can expect to see increased enforcement to discourage distracted driving.

Washington law enforcement has been observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month with High Visibility Enforcement since 2014.

Last year, there were 108,962 distracted driving crashes in Texas - up 3 percent over 2015.

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Put away the phone - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel. "Troopers are responding to more and more crashes caused by distracted drivers", said Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.

Despite the fact that using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread.

Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving.

"Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and unsafe, and everyone knows they shouldn't be doing it-but we see it happen all the time", "Beginning April 4th, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts". So in our educational programs at EndDD.org we are teaching audiences at schools and businesses how to protect themselves and those they care about from distracted drivers.

Officers want to educate people on the dangers of driving while on their phones.

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