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In which it’s National Distracted Drivers Month

As I was on the way to work out this morning I was listening to the radio and discovered that it’s National Driving Distracted Awareness month, or something like that.  It could be National Distracted Driving Awareness month or a similar combination of words but the POINT is that you’re supposed to be aware of driving distracted.

 

Here’s what their mission is to teach you:

Recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. Join the National Safety Council this April in urging those you care about to:

  • Stop using cell phones while driving
  • Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit
  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving

I personally, am a bit guilty of some of the dangers.  They pointed out that a person can drive the length of a football field while just checking a text.  Can you imagine going that far without even knowing what’s happening around you??

 

I also learned that you’re not supposed to either text or look at your cell phone EVEN at stoplights.

 

I wasn’t aware of that but they pointed out that many wrecks could be avoided if people were paying attention even while stopped.

 

It made me realize that it’s not just teens; it’s us too!  I mean, I don’t really text while driving but I do at stoplights.  I also sometimes check emails and the like at stoplights.

 

The statistics are pretty sobering how many wrecks there are caused by distracted drivers and I’m going to try to do better.

 

How about you guys? Wanna do better to?  Go to this link and read about the month.

 

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13 Comments

  1. I don’t read texts while driving but I am guilty of doing it when sat at traffic lights or in a jam. As well as watching our own behaviour we have to be aware that there are others on the roads that get even more distracted and they can cause the danger too.

    I am trying to get better and am starting to put my phone in my handbag so that I can’t see a text until I have stopped completely.
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    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      I try but honestly, i fail a LOT

  2. Mayor Gia
    April 10, 2014

    I’m pretty good at not texting and driving, though stoplights are hard for me…. if it needs to be done, I’ll definitely do it then and put my phone down when the light changes.
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    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      me too…but i didn’t realize we weren’t even supposed to do that

  3. Name *
    April 10, 2014

    Yes, I am guilty of occasionally looking at my email or texts at stop lights. Sometimes I reply with the voice activated texting on the IPHONE. Still it is distracting. I’m trying to leave my phone in my purse and turning off the ringer/alerts while I’m in the car. Same with my IPOD turn it on before I even leave the parking spot.
    Here in Ontario, you will be fined up to $1,000 and 3 demerit points. That’s a good enough deterrent for me.

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      wow…that’s a LOT of money. You’re doing better than i am though

      • Name *
        April 11, 2014

        yep but I still see people doing it. Phone to the ear…looking down going too slow…

  4. Julie
    April 10, 2014

    Thanks ~ shared this with several friends.

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      I broke the rules already

  5. Michele
    April 10, 2014

    I have become so conscious of setting an example for my 13 year old… using the voice to text option on hands free phone… and honestly that can be a distraction. Only use at stop signs and lights.
    preaching it is one thing but setting the example is more important

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      agreed…what surprised me was that even at stop signs and lights is considered illegal.

  6. Derby
    April 10, 2014

    The bullet points at the beginning of the article are so small I had to pull over to read them.

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2014

      I’m sorry..ummm that’s pretty funny

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