When you text and drive your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. Transportation incidents represented 41 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012. Not only are these losses tragic, but transportation incidents also result in lost productivity, property damage, workers’ compensation costs, and much more.
And, contrary to popular belief, not all distracted driving relates to texting. In fact, this year for Distracted Driving Awareness Month the National Safety Council (NSC) is launching the first national campaign to focus on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving. The NSC has found that 80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that using hands-free is a safe choice while driving.
On April 1 the NSC is asking for help promoting the campaign by:
- Sharing a link to their public service announcement on your social media channels;
- Share materials such as fact-sheets and posters, available online;
- Post a pledge to drive cell-free on your social media presences, and tag your friends and families; and
- Post Infographics on your website, newsletters, and in social media.
And save the date for the 3rd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit.
VMLIP is a sponsor of this event, which brings together more than 300 attendees to hear speakers from around the country discuss cutting-edge solutions for distracted driving. Sessions include those focused on the science behind distracted driving, best corporate practices from across the nation, what the research says, law enforcement efforts, and how to change behavior.
The summit will be held Sept. 17 – 18. Register here.
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