The National Safety Council (NSC) and safety advocate group FocusDriven is partnering this month for the inaugural National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Distracted driving is a common cause of car accidents in Asheville, Greensboro and throughout the country.
Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers salute the two groups for dedicating this month to putting down the cell phone and paying attention to roadways.
In late March, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month was introduced by Representative Betsy Markey and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as a resolution to the tragic accident of Erica Forney who was killed in a distracted driving accident in November of 2008.
The House voted 410-2 in favor of designating a month of awareness to distracted driving.
“Erica’s memory will forever live on through this resolution and help prevent other distracted driving deaths from occurring,” said Shelley Forney, Erica’s mother and founding board member of FocusDriven.
The NSC estimates 1.6 million crashes each year are caused by cell phones or drivers who text or email while behind the wheel. The NSC and FocusDriven are asking drivers to silence, turn off, or store their cell phones in the trunk or glove compartment while they are driving during the month of April.
The temptation to answer ringing or buzzing phones or text message alerts is far too great so putting them in an out-of-reach location will inhibit drivers from giving in to the urge to respond. The two non-profit organizations are also asking drivers to change their temporary voicemail greeting to reflect that they are driving so that callers know to leave a message or try again later.
Businesses in North Carolina and elsewhere in the country are prompted to create and enforce polices related to cell phones this month in an effort to eliminate cell phone use by employees while they are driving. Most employees find driving a good time to multi-task, especially during business hours, but the reality is that they are at 4 times more risk of a crash while talking or texting on a cell phone.
“NSC provides many resources, including a free Cell Phone Policy Kit to help businesses protect employees,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO.
Talking and texting while driving has become a serious epidemic that leads to severe tragedy for the victims’ families who are left to mourn for their loved ones killed in distracted driving accidents. Drivers should put down their cell phones while driving this month and beyond to reduce the daily risk involved with distractions while behind the wheel.
The Law Offices of Lee & Smith, P.A. offer experienced advice to victims and their families throughout areas of North and South Carolina. If you have been injured in a car accident in Gastonia, Greensboro, Anderson or Spartanburg, call 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free initial consultation.