April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is an excellent reminder to refocus and accept responsibility for the decisions we make while driving. For a safe journey every time, follow these safety tips:
- Do you need to send a text message? Pull over to the side of the road and park your car in a secure spot. Sending or reading a text is only safe after that.
- Assign a “designated texter” to one of your passengers. Allow them to use your phone to answer calls and texts.
- While driving, do not use any apps, including social media.
- Having trouble not texting and driving? Place your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat of your car until you reach your location.
Our roadways are plagued by a terrible epidemic of distracted driving. In addition to texting while driving, additional harmful behaviors include conversing on the phone or to other passengers in the car, setting your navigation, changing your music, eating food and more. When you’re distracted while driving, you deprive yourself of valuable seconds that may be used to avert a close call or fatal collision.
Throughout April, officers will use local media interviews, school visits and traffic safety presentations to educate the public about the risks of distracted driving. Make a commitment to refrain from texting and other types of distracted driving, and encourage your loved ones to do the same.