Pay Attention! April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
If you’ve been paying attention to the local highway electronic message boards on the big highways and interstates, you’ve seen that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you haven’t seen the signs — have you been distracted while driving?
While law enforcement agencies make a year-round effort to decrease the number of deaths and accidents that are a result of distracted drivers, Distracted Driving Month during April brings a heightened awareness to the subject. Throughout the month federal, state, and local law enforcement are focusing on raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving to change behavior and save lives.
In 2015, there were more than 45,700 distracted driving crashes in Florida resulting in more than 39,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving crashes accounted for 12.2 percent of all crashes in Florida last year, of which, 7.4 percent were fatal crashes and 15.4 percent resulted in injuries.
In addition to the messages on highway electronic message boards, the state of Florida is running a month-long campaign on the radio and social media outlets that reminds and informs drivers and passengers about the risks of distracted driving.
“Operating a motor vehicle is a tremendous responsibility which requires a driver’s full attention,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “The department is reminding drivers of all ages to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on driving.”
To participate in the conversation about distracted driving, use the hashtag, #FocusOnDrivingFL.
And please, always drive safely. It’s not only your own life at risk, we all share the road with thousands of people.