Distracted driving awareness week to highlight need for safer driving habits
Sunday marks the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Week in Lee County.
The designation is part of local efforts under the “Stay Alive…Just Drive” program which is supported by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and other pubic safety organizations.
Driver distraction is one of the top causes of car accidents in Florida and across the U.S. According to the National Safety Council, someone is injured in an auto accident every 14 seconds. Of these crashes, 25 percent are directly related to driver distraction. Analysts attribute cell phone use as a contributor to 2,600 deaths and 12,000 serious injuries per year based on nationwide crash statistics.
Motorists are encouraged to follow these tips to avoid driver distractions, which can lead to needless crashes:
* Pull over somewhere safe to talk or text on a cell phone.
* Don’t eat while driving.
* Don’t apply make-up or shave while driving.
* Manage your music ahead of time by pre-programming your car radio or CD player.
* Make sure you have clear directions and double-check the map before you leave.
* Ask passengers to keep conversation to a minimum and help you navigate.
* Be well rested before getting behind the wheel.
The designation of June 28 – July 5 as Distracted Driving Awareness Week is just one of several ongoing education and awareness campaigns.
Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office