Every April, drivers experience road conditions related to the cliché weather pattern of, “April showers bring May flowers.” People might not know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and according to the National Safety Council (NSC), the main reason for distracted driving is the use of cell phones while behind the wheel. Nationwide nearly 1.6 million crashes each year can be attributed to cell phone use while driving. In 2017, the NSC reported that for the 2nd consecutive year motor vehicle deaths surpassed 40,000. Although advanced technologies have made cars safer than ever in recent years, unfortunately the number of vehicle crashes and fatalities are still on the rise.
Although each state has individual laws regarding texting while driving, the NSC has a strict policy regarding the use of handheld electronic devices for truck drivers. Commercial vehicle drivers with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 lbs or more are not permitted to use a handheld device while in transit. Violation of this law can subject companies and their employees to fines and license suspensions.
As drivers that share the road with each other we should all make an effort to practice safe driving habits. As part of the NSC’s effort to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the NSC is offering a free Distracted Driving Online Course from April 15-21 2018. For those interested in having your employees or family members participate in the course, you can visit: https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/get-involved/distracted-driving-awareness-month