Distracted Driving

Each month there are many topics selected for health awareness. The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Health Cabinet wishes to bring you a few facts about this issue. We are all affected by distracted drivers on a daily basis. Whether waiting when the light changes on a texting driver or driving behind someone on a cell phone who goes from 25 to 40 mph while wobbling on the road, we can all identify  with these aggravations. Distracted driving is a public health issue that can result in injury or death. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015.  More than 40,000 were killed on our nation’s roadways last year and distracted driving is a major contributor. Each death is 100% preventable.  From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features-all pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever. Practice focused driving and remember: It was “just” a quick call. It was “just” a short trip. It was “just” one drink. It was “just” a picture.  It was “just” an email. It was “just” a glance. It was “just” a text.  It was “just” a bite.  “Just” is all it takes!