Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and organizations like the National Safety Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas Department of Transportation and others are all focusing on the dangers of distracted driving and offering information, tools and resources to raise awareness and try to make an impact on Texans to stay alert on Texas roads.
Read ICT's April 2019 press release on Distracted Driving Awareness Month for more information on current and proposed legislation regarding distracted driving and more facts and figures on this dangerous activity.
View, download, and share ICT's Distracted Driving Awareness Month infographic and help spread this important message.
The deadly effects of distracted driving are, sadly, easy to plainly see. Recently a deadly crash in Texas illustrated the dangers. USA Today reports: Witness: Truck driver in Texas crash that killed 13 was texting
Many of ICT's member companies participate in awareness campaigns and promote safe driving habits. Below are a few of those company's initiatives.
State Farm has a resource page: Driving Distractions and How to Avoid Them
Allstate’s Safe Driving webpage has tips for safer driving and videos about distracted driving.
Farmers Insurance’s distracted driving page has a wealth of information about the distracted driver’s brain.
USAA’s webpage on distracted driving has 10 deadly driving distractions to avoid.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. has their “Travelers Risk Index” as well as infographics and other materials.
Nationwide Insurance’s Paul Farrell wrote an article for CPCU Society Insights: “Distracted Driving: Moving Beyond Policy to Process and Performance”
Progressive’s distracted driving page has infographics and information about how drivers claim to be good at distracted driving.
Geico’s interactive distracted driving page is a dynamic presentation of information and facts, including a quiz on distracted driving.
Chubb has a resource page with information about the different types of distracted driving.
State Auto has “Facts, stats and scare tactics” about distracted driving.
ICT Member Company AAA coined the slogan “Don’t Drive Intexticated” for their Public Service Announcements. See the “Mom” version here and the “Dad” version here. Visit AAA's Distracted Driving resource page for more information.
State and national safety organizations also participate in Distracted Driving Awareness Month. See below for more information from these groups.
The Texas Department of Transportation runs its own Distracted Driving campaign, and offers information and links to the various advertisements and public service announcements targeted at Texans that are available to be shared.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has facts and information, a video detailing the dangers of distracted driving and a wealth of other information on the topic.
The National Safety Council has resources to share on social media, information for employers, and offers a “pledge” drivers can take to remain focused.
Distracted Driving on the Job – Employers Should Care
Driver distractions cost the U.S. economy $3.58 billion each month, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study. As part of their efforts to protect employees and their finances, many employers are implementing corporate cell phone and texting bans. There is good reason for such a policy.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), employers are being held liable for up to $25 million for employee crashes, even when employees are using hands-free devices. Having a distracted driving policy in place doesn’t just make good safety sense; it makes good business sense.
The cell phone usage and texting bans most often provide that employees:
- must turn off or use “do not disturb” settings on cell phones before turning on vehicles.
- are allowed to disconnect from co-workers and clients while behind the wheel and may only return calls when no longer driving.
Distracted Driving Awareness month in April is a good time to review what elements should go in a safe-driving policy and to review the policy with your employees.
View, download, and share ICT's Work-Related Distracted Driving Awareness Month infographic and help spread this important message.
Below are some helpful distracted driving resources:
Always remember, Safety First!