Itasca, IL – Each April, the National Safety Council promotes Distracted Driving Awareness Month and
encourages the public to drive cell free. An estimated one in four crashes
involves drivers using cell phones. Those interested in getting involved in
this issue can take the NSC pledge to drive cell free and share the
downloadable materials available at nsc.org/ddmonth.
This year’s theme – What were you thinking? – focuses on
educating the public on the distraction to the brain from a cell phone conversation
while driving, whether handheld or hands-free. Distracted Driving Awareness
Month materials include:
- Fact sheets
- An infographic
- Social media posts
“Many drivers have a false
sense of security that hands-free devices make cell phone use while driving
safe,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
“More than 30 research studies show hands-free devices provide no safety
benefit as the distraction to the brain remains. We hope people will take time this
April to help spread this important message so needless tragedies can be prevented.”
April also is a perfect time
for employers to begin implementing total bans on cell phone use while driving
for all employees. NSC developed its free Cell Phone Policy Kit to help employers interested in implementing or
enhancing a policy.
National Distracted Driving
Awareness Month was introduced as a resolution by former Rep. Betsy Markey
(D-CO) and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 410-2 vote on March
23, 2010. The resolution mentions 9-year-old Erica Forney, who was struck and
killed by a distracted driver in Fort Collins, CO, in November 2008. Erica’s mother,
Shelley Forney, is a founding board member of FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free
throughout the month of April for additional materials. NSC also would like to
thank FirstGroup for being a sponsor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered
by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is
a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries
and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through
leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by
partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the
public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen
driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.