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Pledge To #JustDrive During Distracted Driving Month

Pledge to #JustDrive During Distracted Driving Month

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April is Distracted Driving Month, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and using vehicle infotainment systems while driving. In 2019, distracted driving killed 3,142 people, up 10% from 2018. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research from 2017, drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007, but older drivers aren’t that far behind.

Whether it’s driving a forklift, a company truck, or a personal vehicle, everyone needs to pay attention and #JustDrive. To help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, the National Safety Council has developed several resources for companies and individuals. The informational download includes posters, a fact sheet, infographics, social media posts and more, all designed to engage the workforce and community members to help save lives.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these actions you and your workers can take to improve safety on the roads:

  • Need to send a text? Pull over and park your car in a safe location. Only then is it safe to send or read a text.
  • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
  • Do not scroll through apps, including social media, while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
  • Remind your friends and family: If you’re in the driver’s seat, it’s the only thing you should be doing. No distractions.
  • If your driver is texting or otherwise distracted, tell them to stop and focus on the road.
  • Ask your friends to join you in pledging not to drive distracted. You could save a life. Share your pledge on social media to spread the word — #JustDrive.

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