Apr 19, 2024
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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Let’s Drive Responsibly

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    April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Let’s Drive Responsibly

     

    Join us in promoting safer roads during Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Learn how Morris & Garritano is leading the charge with effective policies and advocacy. Drive responsibly and protect what matters most.

     

    Distracted driving has emerged as a critical issue on our roads, posing a significant threat to safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cell phone use, particularly texting, talking, and social media engagement, ranks as the top distraction for drivers. This alarming trend, compounded by activities such as adjusting the radio, GPS, applying makeup, and eating or drinking while driving, underscores the urgent need for action.

    Every year, thousands of lives are lost due to distracted driving. In 2021 alone, the NHTSA reports that distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,522 individuals. This April, designated as national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us to reevaluate our driving habits and commit to safer practices behind the wheel.

     

    Learn how business owners play a crucial role in driver safety: Advocating for Employee Safety: Emphasizing the Importance of Distraction-Free Driving

     

    Here are some best practices to ensure a safe journey:

     

    Prioritize Your Focus

    If you need to send a text or attend to your phone, pull over to a safe location. Practice not reaching for your phone while behind the wheel.

     

    Designate a Texter

    Assign a passenger as your “designated texter” to manage calls or messages while you’re driving.

     

    Eliminate Temptation

    To resist the urge to text and drive, stow your cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat until you reach your destination.

     

    As part of the national paid media campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay, law enforcement agencies will increase their presence on the roads from April 3 through 10. This initiative aims to remind drivers of the grave risks and legal consequences, including fines, associated with texting while driving.

     

    As a business owner, it’s imperative to take action and spread awareness among our circles:

     

    Lead by Example

    As drivers, it’s our responsibility to prioritize safety above all else. Avoid distractions and focus solely on the road.

     

    Speak Up

    If you notice a fellow driver engaging in distracted behavior, encourage them to cease distractions and concentrate on driving.

     

    Pledge for Safety

    Urge your friends and family to join you in pledging not to drive distracted. Together, we can make a difference and potentially save lives.

     

    Let’s drive responsibly and ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

     

    Protecting What Matters

    At Morris & Garritano, we firmly believe that businesses play a crucial role in curbing this dangerous behavior and promoting road safety. By implementing and reinforcing effective distracted driving policies, business managers can make a significant difference. This includes clear communication of driving policies, encouraging colleagues to speak up when they notice distracted driving, and ensuring that employees are not called when they are known to be behind the wheel.

    It’s important to spread awareness and advocate for safer driving practices. In this, we can work together to reduce the impact of motor vehicle crashes and ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

    For questions relating to distracted driving policies or fleet safety in general, please contact our office.

     

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