Drivers focus on the road during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Compiled through NSC surveys conducted over the last 12 months, the alarming driver habits and opinions could help partially explain why deaths are rising and underscore the importance of raising awareness, particularly in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving - especially by cell phones.

"While distractions like texting while driving may feel harmless, they are incredibly risky", said Karin Mongeon, NDDOT Safety Division director. Surveyors say that is more than a 2 percent increase from the year before. "If you text and drive, you will pay", added Geno.

According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones. "Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over-or more importantly, maybe save someone's life,". According to the NC Department of Transportation, 159 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina involving distracted drivers in 2015.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on just how bad distracted driving has become in our country. Text messaging is particularly unsafe as reaction times double when drivers read or send text messages.A driver texting at 55 miles per hour will lose sight of the road for almost five seconds, which is comparable to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. Get off your phones - there's no Southern charm in being reckless.

Any drivers caught texting, using their smartphone or eating and drinking will be ticketed and could face hefty fines.

"Tell them to stop", officials said in the release. CDOT is asking Facebook users to submit their own distracted driving-prevention videos to be shared publicly on our Facebook page.

  • Santos West