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Since 2015, the average number of motor vehicle fatalities per year has increased by 6%. Despite most drivers being confident in their own driving abilities, the facts are that over 90% of crashes are caused by human error, the majority of which are the direct result of distracted driving.
In light of these statistics, April is now widely recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness month. This united awareness effort, first passed by the House of Representatives on March 23, 2010, is now spearheaded by the National Safety Council, whose goal is to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving.
“Each death is 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features – all pose a threat to our safety,” the NSC says, “Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever.”
Although the NSC stresses above that distracted driving can come in many forms, the most widespread source is undeniably cellphone use. In fact, despite increasing fatalities and public awareness campaigns like this one, 7% of drivers still admit to using their cellphones while driving.
To combat this worrying statistic, the NSC hopes that drivers will consider taking a pledge this April, and vow to drive without distractions of any kind.
“It’s time to start changing the social acceptance of cell phone use while driving,” Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC, said in a statement. “While many understand the dangers, they still use their cell phones when they drive. We hope people will take the pledge this April to help prevent needless tragedies and keep our roadways safer.”
Here at Keeping Roads Safe, we are always committed to eliminating distracted driving and improving traffic safety. With DriveCare, we hope to tackle distracted driving at its source: the driver’s cellphone. And so this April and beyond, we stand in support of the goals of the National Safety Council and the Distracted Driving Awareness campaign, and we encourage our readers to take the pledge themselves by visiting this page.
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