Ending Distracted Driving is Everyone's Responsibility
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.
New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. With some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains — and continue to distract us long after we've used them.
Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.
Join us in observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month and share the message, "When you're behind the wheel, your only job is to drive."
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While no state has a law prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, employers are putting policies in place banning the use of handheld and hands-free devices. See how the City of Tulsa implemented a total-ban cell phone policy for employees.
Safety personnel are invited to test drive the NSC Distracted Driving Online Course for free.