Did you know that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration designated April as “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month”? For my daughter Hannah, April will be an exciting month because she will turn 16 and is scheduled to get her driver’s license. While my wife and I are looking forward to getting some of our free time back (no more chauffeuring), we are concerned about her safety and distracted driving.
Distracted driving is a serious and growing problem in our country. Distracted driving, as defined by dictionary.com, means “driving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving.” According to DISTRACTION.GOV, the official US government website for distracted driving, 3,331 people were killed in 2011 by distracted drivers. In addition, 387,000 people were injured. This equates to 9 people killed and 1,060 people injured per day! Inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 are the most likely to be involved in these crashes.
Since education is the best way to help prevent distracted driving, for the month of April I am going to dedicate my blogs to distracted driving. I am going to share resources that can help educate you and your family on the dangers of distracted driving, as well as some solutions to prevent it.
To order free “Avoid Distracted Driving” wristbands, please click here. The purpose of the wristband is to serve as a reminder to everyone in your family that distracted driving is dangerous and potentially deadly. Please encourage your family members to wear the wrist band or to keep it someplace visible to remind them to “Avoid Distracted Driving”. Remember to ask yourself if texting “LOL” is worth dying for.
Wristbands are only available to West Bend insureds and agents. Supplies are limited so they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.