Happy to be writing about such an important topic today. Distracted drivers is something I think about often and actually talk about with my boys. They are always trying to talk me into sitting in the front seat or not wearing their seatbelt because ‘it’s just down the road’. What I always tell them is that I’m not worried about ME driving along, but other distracted drivers.
You see, I was in a car accident once where this came into play. It was the busy lunchtime hour and I was grabbing a bite to eat during my work break. Traffic was moving along at an okay pace when suddenly the driver in front of me put on her breaks quickly. I was paying attention and stopped, but I also glanced in my rear view mirror to make sure the driver behind me was stopping too. To my dismay she was not. She ran into me hard enough for me to bump the car in front of me. Thankfully, the kids were not with me!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes. That is a scary fact!
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving. The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.
Love it! This message should be heard loud and clear: All drivers should “decide to drive” each time they get in the car to be safe. Eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.
The Decide to Drive Catchphrase Contest
Do you have the best slogan or catch phrase to make the Decide to Drive campaign pop? Enter the Decide to Drive Catch Phrase Contest between May 28 – June 13. Your words could be chosen as the official Decide to Drive campaign catch phrase, and you could win one of two $500 runner-up prizes or the $1,000 grand prize! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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Read more about the Decide to Drive program.
Do you #DecidetoDrive each time you get into a car?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.