Distracted Driving Awareness Month Activities in Texas

In the busy world we live in it can be tempting to try to get one more thing accomplished by texting while driving, or quickly making a call while behind the wheel. By now almost everyone has heard about the dangers of distracted driving, but somehow that doesn’t seem to discourage the practice. Every driver who picks up the phone thinks he or she is different, and is able to safely use a mobile device while driving.

Sadly, many of these drivers will become distracted driving accidents statistics.

April is designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is using the month as an opportunity to launch its campaign: Talk. Text. Crash. The goal of the Texas campaign is to increase awareness of the potentially fatal consequences of Texas distracted driving accidents; and to persuade Texans to put the phone down when they are behind the wheel.

According to TxDOT, distracted driving accidents in the state are a significant problem. Almost 25 percent of auto accidents in Texas involve driver distraction. Driver inattention, distraction or cell phone use was responsible for over 100,000 crashes in 2009. Unfortunately, over 400 of those collisions were fatal.

Nationally distracted driving remains a growing problem. In 2009 the percent of fatalities associated with distracted driving rose to 16 percent, compared to 10 percent in 2005, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The next time you are about to reach for your phone while driving think about the dangers of distracted driving. No call or text is worth jeopardizing your own safety or the safety of others on the road.

Source: TxDOT, Talk. Text. Crash.- Distracted Driving Campaign


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