HANG UP THE PHONE!
That’s the message to drivers from the National Safety Council (NSC) as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and it’s going on for the entire month of April. Safe driving advocates are asking you to do the right thing and to put down the phones and place more of your attention on driving. It’s a move that could wind up saving your life.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that there are thousands killed each and every year because of driver distraction. Cell phones and text messaging devices don’t belong in the driver’s seat. Still, there were more than 3,330 people killed in the U.S. in distracted driving car accidents in 2011. Another 416,000 people were injured in these accidents, too. It’s time to put an end to it.
In the state of North Carolina, only drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone in the driver’s seat. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), all drivers are banned from text messaging behind the wheel.
But these laws are no good if driver’s aren’t listening.
During the month of April, for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drivers are asked to consider the following:
-Keep the cell phone out of the driver’s seat. This means no texting or phone calls from drivers of any age. There should be no excuses and no text or phone call that’s worth a human life.
-Learn a little more about the risks involved with these distractions. Knowledge is the key to safety and to safe driving habits. Share this information with your friends and family.
-If you call someone who is driving when the answer, let them know that you’d be happy to continue the conversation once they’ve come to a stop. Have them call you back.
-If you’re riding with someone who is engaging in these distractions behind the wheel, politely ask them to stop.
-Share the message of this month-long campaign with your friends and family members. Talk about the risks and dangers with your young drivers, too. They face the highest risks for these kinds of accidents.
-Make sure you take the pledge to drive cell free.
The truth of the matter is that driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by more than 35 percent.
And don’t think you can run out and get a hands-free device. Studies have proven that these devices are just as dangerous behind the wheel.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
Help to save a life, possibly yours, and keep the phone out of the driver’s seat, hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
United States Is Number One for Texting and Driving, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, March 23, 2013
Report: Carolina Drivers Don’t Think Safety Rules Apply to Them, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, February 17, 2013