Distracted driving continues to be a major issue for drivers across the country. That’s why law enforcement agents across the state of Washington are using the Distracted Driving Awareness month idea to the next level by making sure that, through April 14, extra patrols are being sent to the streets to make sure that drivers are aware that distracted driving kills, and avoiding distraction will help everyone make Washington state’s roads safer.
The national campaign against distracted driving takes place in the month of April every year. Many states join the fight by carrying out their own campaigns, increasing the enforcement of distracted driving laws, and coming up with educational events that help drivers learn more about about the potential consequences associated with the activity. In 2013, over 3,100 people were killed in auto crashes caused by distracted drivers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. As the number of distracted driving accidents increases over time, federal and state officials work hard to keep drivers alert and safe at all times. But before the effort produces good results, it’s important that drivers know that dangers still exist, whether they are afraid of getting caught by officers over ticketing or not.
Distracted driving laws in place are important because they offer the financial incentives to ensure that motorists know they might end up having financial costs tied to their distracting habits, but laws alone won’t change anything. Instead, drivers must learn that they too share the responsibility, that they too must never expose anyone to potential dangers due to negligence.
If drivers are serious about their own safety, they already understand that, but if they aren’t, it’s our job to lead by example and put the phone down the minute we step inside our vehicles.
During this month of April, remember that distractions lead to accidents and injuries daily. Also remember that these same types of crashes also lead to deaths. If you want to be part of the solution, focus on the road ahead at all times. Do not let electronics or passengers keep you from doing the responsible thing.
Click here to learn more about Distracted Driving Awareness Month and how Washington’s law enforcement agencies are going about it.