Every day, at least 9 Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touch screens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever.
I am sure many of us have gotten caught up at times reaching for that phone or vehicle touch screen. I was involved in a rear-end collision this year, where I am pretty confident the driver who hit me from behind was distracted. Stop and go traffic on the interstate in rush hour? The driver says his foot slipped off the brake pedal. Likely just an excuse to hide the truth.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is good time to remind ourselves to stem the urge of reaching for that phone. National Safety Council has a number of resources you can share with your employees, friends and family. One of my favorites is the one titled “multitasking lie” which provides some very interesting facts.
-Jeff Hixon, VP-Loss Control