Just Say No to Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Prevention Month

Injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence in the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at The MED. Individuals inside vehicles and pedestrians who find themselves in the path of an accident may be injured badly, or even killed, by a preventable cause – distracted driving. April is National Distracted Driving Prevention Month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes.

The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is the under-20 age group. Sixteen percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. Of those drivers involved in fatal crashes who were reportedly distracted, the 30- to 39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.

Remember, one text or call could wreck it all. There is nothing you need to say, text or read that cannot wait until you park your vehicle.

Source:  NHTSA