April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Drivers in 2012 have plenty of gadgets and features to keep them entertained and informed. This also means that they face several distractions while on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Administration is teaming with several local and state governments to spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in an attempt to prevent car accidents.

Typical distractions include smartphones, eating or drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system, reading a map, grooming, and adjusting music devices.

In 2009, 16 percent of fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury crashes involved instances of distracted driving, according to the NHTSA. A study by University of Utah reports that cell phones delay drivers’ reactions as much as a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will make several efforts to increase awareness of the dangers involved with distracted driving, including:

  • Media appearances, including interviews and ride-alongs
  • Frequent updates on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter that relate stories, pictures, videos and statistics
  • A free webinar on April 20.

Do your part and take the pledge to end distracted driving at the official website. Avoid using your cellphone while driving and speak up if you feel unsafe traveling with a distracted driver.

The technology we have access to while driving is impressive and very useful, but it must be used responsibly. Program your destinations before you start driving, save your phone calls for another time and remember that Facebook will still be there when you get home.

The Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver injury lawyer

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