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Posted on: April 9, 2013

[ARCHIVED] April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

We want you to be safe behind the wheel. If you text and drive you increase your chances for a crash 23 times. Texting alone causes 25 % of all accidents and more 330,000 injuries per year. Also, did you know texting causes 6X more crashes than drunk driving.

When you’re in the driver’s seat, make driving your priority. Think about where you are going, the route you’ll take and the traffic. Pay attention to your surroundings not your phone, radio, ipod, etc..

In 2011 3,331 people died due to distracted driving crashes. If you sometimes send a text while driving, STOP!!!. Change your behavior and put your phone down or turn it off. Avoid changing the radio until you’re stopped. Don’t turn around to look at your children. The best way to help your family is by staying focused on the road.

Finally, let us challenge you to pledge to drive distraction free. And when you have time, remind co-workers and friends to do the same.

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