April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the National Safety Council, every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Items such as cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety.

The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. The National Safety Council is urging motorists to ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep everyone safer on the roads. Police Departments around New Jersey will be cracking down on texting behind the wheel and other distracted driving as part of an enforcement campaign in April. The initiative, dubbed “UDrive. UText. UPay,” comes during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. To learn more please visit https://www.nsc.org/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/

A message from the Little Falls Transportation Committee