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, 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!