A number of national organizations has been using their time and effort to help to educate motorists about the dangers, risks and consequences associated with distracted driving. Recently, on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, we reported about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) efforts to spread this word among teenage drivers in the country. The USDOT recently launched its “OMG” campaign to target teen drivers, who are most likely to engage in distractions while driving.
Now, Distraction.gov is stepping up to the plate in an attempt to get drivers to halt the distractions while operating a motor vehicle to help reduce the risks of fatal car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. Distraction.gov is the official U.S. government website for distracted driving. The website has launched a new campaign to get drivers to take the pledge to help eliminate these accidents. With voluntary cooperation from drivers around the country, we can all do our part to achieving safer roadways.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that distraction-related car accidents took the lives of nearly 3,100 people across the United States in 2010. These accidents also injured another 2.4 million people. While this statistic illustrated a decrease in these types of accidents from the previous year, these accidents are still taking the lives of far too many people. The truth of the matter is that distraction-related car accidents are completely preventable.
Florida is one of only a few states left that has yet to enact any sort of law to regulate driver distraction. Drivers in Florida are allowed to make phone calls, surf the web, check their e-mails and use text messaging services.
According to Distraction.gov, the fight to stop distracted driving car accidents starts with you. The organization is asking all drivers to take the anti-distraction pledge.
Take the pledge to stop distracted driving:
-Help to make our roadways safer by pledging to not talk on a cell phone or to text message while operating a motor vehicle.
-Pledge to be a good passenger and call out a driver who is navigating our roadways while engaging in distractions.
-Help to spread the word to friends and family member about the pledge and about the dangers associated with driver distractions.
As we recently reported, distractions are not limited to the use of portable electronic devices. Driver distractions cover a plethora of activities that a driver can participate in where attention is taken from the task at hand — driving.
Distractions can also include:
-Messing with the radio or CD player.
-Talking with other passengers.
-Dealing with children or pets while driving.
Please curb distractions behind the wheel, and urge your friends and family members to do so as well. These types of accidents are completely preventable. Be a responsible driver and help others to ring in the New Year safe and injury free! Happy Holidays!