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May 8, 2019

Guest Blogger: ACEC BIT Takes on Distracted Driving

Distracted driving continues to be a leading problem on roadways in the United States. In 2017, 3,166 people were killed by distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is one of the deadliest forms of distraction, and during daylight hours in 2016, approximately 481,000 drivers used cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads.

Most drivers see the problem for themselves when they drive. The question is, are you part of the problem or have you committed to keeping yourself and others safe by driving without distractions?

NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay enforcement campaign recommends several safety tips for avoiding distracted driving:

  • 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. It was there when you left home, and it will be there when you check it later.
  • Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
  • If you see something, say something. If your friends text while driving, tell them to stop.
  • Listen to your passengers: If they catch you texting while driving and tell you to put your phone away, put it down.

For additional Information about distracted driving, click here.

You can reach Jeff Connelly at the ACEC Business Insurance Trust at 833-223-2248 or jeff.connelly@greyling.com.


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