We’ve got the entire month to reevaluate our driving habits. Throughout April, officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) are asking drivers nationwide to put down the cell phone.
Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that thousands of people are killed each and every year because drivers continue to use cell phones behind the wheel. These numbers are on the rise, too. In total, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents that involved a distracted driving in 2010. There were also close to 400,000 people who were injured in these kinds of accidents. Officials estimate 20 percent of accidents reported throughout the year involved a distracted driver.
The NSC is asking drivers to:
-Keep cell phones out of the driver’s seat. Driving requires 100 percent of your attention. Don’t try to multitask behind the wheel — it’s dangerous.
-Understand the dangers that are associated with driver distractions. They’re more serious than you might think.
-Tell people who you call that are driving that you’d be happy to call them back. Be an advocate for safe driving habits and help those you love.
-Share the message about the dangers of distracted driving. Use the month of April to promote safe driving habits throughout your community.
Driving is a complex task that requires eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and the brain focused on the task of driving. Drivers engaged in cell phone conversations, handheld or hands-free, are cognitively distracted and can fail to see up to 50 percent of their driving environment including stop signs, pedestrians and red lights.
You can start out your journey to safer driving habits by taking the pledge to drive cell phone free.
You can also register to be a part of the webinar that’s taking place on April 10th. This “What were you thinking? The myth of multitasking” is going to help to educate drivers about the risks that are associated with dangerous driving. The problem is that many of us think that we can multitask behind the wheel, and most don’t truly grasp the risks. It only takes a second of inattention to produce a fatal accident. And the irresponsible drivers that participate in this behavior not only jeopardize their own safety, but the safety or innocent and responsible drivers around them.
The truth of the matter is that drivers who use hand-held devices are close to 5 times more likely to get into an accident that’s serious enough to injure themselves.
Don’t let your bad habits put you at risk. Join the fight for safe driving in the month of April and encourage friends, family members and coworkers to keep their hands on the wheel, their eyes on the road and the cell phones out of the driver’s seat. It’s a move that could save a life.