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Remaining aware of distracted driving risks is critical

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on May 5, 2013 9:27:15 PM

Distracted Driving Awareness Month has now come and gone. However, the lessons that the American public learned in April should be applied this month and every other month moving forward into the future. Distracted driving behavior has become a plague on the roads of America. Thankfully, spread of this plague is both completely preventable and can be contained if motorists are willing to adjust their behaviors.

Currently, distracted driving behavior causes more motor vehicle accidents than any other risk factor. This behavior kills more Americans than drunk driving, drowsy driving and aggressive driving do. And unfortunately, drivers of every age are engaging in this behavior. Even the most inexperienced drivers among us regularly choose to drive while distracted.

According to a recent study conducted by experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 40 percent of teen drivers still enrolled in high school admit to texting regularly while behind the wheel. These student drivers are at greatest risk of being involved in a fatal accident when compared with every other motorist population. Yet, they consistently place themselves in even greater danger than their inexperience already inspires.

April may have been specifically designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month. But both inexperienced and experienced motorists must remain aware of the risks associated with distracted driving at all times. This behavior is currently the greatest predictive indicator of accident risk available. In order to remain safe on the road and to protect the safety of others, it is imperative that Americans hold April's lessons in the forefront of their minds year round.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "More Than 4 in 10 U.S. Teens Text While Driving: Survey," May, 2013

Topics: car accidents, distracted-driving, motor-vehicle-safety

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