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Distracted Driving Fast Becoming Leading Cause Of Injury And Death On Mass. Roads

Apr 29, 2017 01:22AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, in partnership with Massachusetts law enforcement agencies, took time this month to remind people that distracted drivers put their passengers and everyone they share the road with in danger.

Distracted driving is fast becoming a leading cause of injury and death on Massachusetts’ roads:

  • During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving.
  • Nationally in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and nearly 400,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers, a 9% increase from the previous year.
  • Cell phone use while driving is highest among teen drivers

The RMV would like to remind drivers of these helpful tips:

  • Turn your phone off before driving, and put it where you can’t reach it.
  • Let your friends and family know that you’ll be driving and can’t take their call/text.
  • Pull over to a safe place or ask a passenger for help if you have to make a call or send a text.
  • Start GPS navigation or review maps before you start driving.
  • Remember to buckle up! Seat belts are your best defense against a distracted driver.
  • Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

For more information about distracted driving, visit www.distraction.gov. For more information on EOPSS campaigns, visit them on Facebook and twitter

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