The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year, causing a half million injuries and taking 6,000 lives. With these alarming statistics, and because we work in the line of auto accidents, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has put together a Distracted Driving Campaign. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is currently working with local driving schools to educate young people about the dangers caused by combining driving with texting, eating, grooming, speeding or drinking.
The goal of this campaign is to influence these young drivers to encourage their peers to drive safely and put their phones down while behind the wheel.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger not only the driver, but passengers and bystanders.
Distracted driving includes:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Reading Maps
- Using GPS
- Watching a video
- Adjust radio, CD player, or MP3 Player
Why does it matter?
Distracted driving is a common factor among teenagers and beginner drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading cause of deaths for 15-20 year-olds in the United States and in 2012, 9% of all drivers involved in a fatal crashes and 13% of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes were teenagers. (NHTSA)
IT STARTS WITH YOU – CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRIVE, CHANGE THE WAY OTHERS DRIVE
Have a community group or class that you would like one of our attorneys to attend and present on distracted driving? Feel free to email Megan.