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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

No Texting While Driving

WHEREAS, distracted driving occurs when driving becomes secondary in importance to any another activity happening inside the car, truck, or motorcycle while the vehicle is moving; and

WHEREAS, The National Safety Council reports 1.6 million crashes a year involve drivers talking on cell phones or texting; and

WHEREAS, the greatest proportion of distracted drivers are under the age of 20; anddistracted driving awareness

WHEREAS, it has been found that 16% of all crashes involving drivers under the age of 20 occurred while the driver was distracted; and

WHEREAS, 44% of adults report that they have been passengers in a vehicle where the driver was using a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger; and

WHEREAS, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves; and

WHEREAS, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%; and

WHEREAS, DRIVE SMART Virginia is committed to reducing the number of traffic deaths and injuries throughout the Commonwealth by educating motorists and bringing awareness to dangerous driving behaviors;

NOW, THEREFORE, we do hereby recognize April 2013 as DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and call the attention of all citizens to this observance.

Be safe out there!

 

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