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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with law enforcement nationwide during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In an effort, to keep road users safe, law enforcement officers will join together nationwide from April 7-11, 2022, for the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, a national high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws. According to NHTSA, between 2012 and 2019, nearly 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Create Safe Driving Habits

· If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.

· Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

· Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.

· Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

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