Campaigns to Combat Texting and Driving
Written by Greg on April 30, 2015
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, as set forth by the National Safety Council. Although there are many different forms of distracted driving, such as fiddling with the radio, talking or conversing with passengers, grooming, eating and drinking, and so forth, there remains little doubt on the number one distracted driving culprit: texting. Texting while driving has been a very serious problem since texting has not only become integrated into most cell phones, but the number of cell phone users that have phones with these capabilities has also increased.
Texting while driving can lead to the inability to see the road, take stock of road changes, or simply cause one to be slower than normal to react to certain problems. As such, accidents can and will occur, which can result in minor injury to a full on fatality.
In addition, hands-free devices can be equally problematic. As noted by the National Safety Council, 80 percent of American drivers believe that hands-free devices would be safer than using a handheld phone, but this is simply not the case. More than 30 studies show that hands-free devices are no safer than using a handheld phone simply because it still takes one’s mind away from the road and onto something that, quite simply, that can wait.
As the National Safety Council outlines, “When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what’s around them, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians.”
Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, one essential thing to keep in mind is that one of the deterrents of texting while driving is simply raising awareness on what a problematic situation texting while driving can be.
How can individuals raise awareness on this important issue? By:
- Hang Posters: The National Safety Council has provided several posters in PDF format on its website. These can be printed out and hung at schools and colleges, at libraries, grocery stores, and essentially anywhere a large influx of people will be able to see them.
- Hand out Factsheets: Fact sheets are also available which detail myths about hands-free devices and how important it is to remain distraction free while driving. These factsheets can be handed out to individuals on the street or friends and family, which make it a perfect platform to start a conversation about the dangers of distracted driving.
- Share Infographics: Sharing infographics through social media has become extremely popular, especially with the younger generation. The NSC website, linked below, also provides infographics that one can send out through their favorite social media site and/or email. Conveniently, each infographic page can be printed out via PDF (which can also allow it to be passed in person), as well as through html code that can copied and pasted.
- Attend Free Webinars: The website also has free writing seminars that start today, April 21st from 11 a.m. until noon CST. These webinars allow one to fully understand the issue at hand.
Utilizing these tips can allow you to spread the word and help individuals curb distracted driving, preventing future accidents from occurring!
Drive safe and don’t text and drive!
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