What Were You Thinking while Driving?

Each April, the National Safety Council (NSC) promotes Distracted Driving Awareness Month and encourages the public to drive cell free.

An estimated one in four crashes involves drivers using cell phones. Those interested in getting involved in this issue can take the NSC pledge to drive cell free and share the downloadable materials available at nsc.org/ddmonth.

This year’s theme – What were you thinking? – focuses on educating the public on the distraction to the brain from a cell phone conversation while driving, whether handheld or hands-free. Distracted Driving Awareness Month materials include: Posters, Fact sheets, An infographic, Videos, and Social media posts.

“Many drivers have a false sense of security that hands-free devices make cell phone use while driving safe,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “More than 30 research studies show hands-free devices provide no safety benefit as the distraction to the brain remains. We hope people will take time this April to help spread this important message so needless tragedies can be prevented.”

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In April, employers can also begin implementing total bans on cell phone use while driving for all employees. NSC developed its free Cell Phone Policy Kit to help employers interested in implementing or enhancing a policy.

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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