Stop The Texts Stop The Wrecks

 

Help us spread the word.

Here's are some scary statistics:
  • In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted
    drivers.*
  • In 2016, 9.2 percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected
    crashes.
     
  • In 2016, nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes
    were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the
    largest proportion of driv­ers who were distracted at the time of a fatal crash

*According to NHTSA: Texting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. 
Drivers need to beaware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other 
mobile devices. Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, along with WJXT Channel 4, developed the Stop the 
Texts, Stop the Wrecks campaign to help educate our community and stop preventable tragedies. 
Educate yourself. 

We live in a connected world where multitasking is second nature and communication is 
instant. This, coupled with the compulsion to stay connected at all times, makes drivers
overly confident in their ability to 'safely' text and use their cell phones while driving.  
Many drivers believe that they can practice unsafe driving habits such as "driving with
their knees", 
"glancing up and down from their phone," or "creating singing vines while
driving," but these 
drivers often do not realize how many consequences these behaviors
can cause. 

It's imperative that every driver remembers- all distracted driving is dangerous.

To raise awareness of this dangerous behavior, the Ad Council partnered with the National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 to create a Texting and Driving
Prevention campaign. The campaign shows drivers that no matter how "safely" they think
they can engage in distracted driving, 
the behavior is always dangerous - for every
driver, all the time.

Share the message. Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks. 

        

7 TIPS TO AVOID
DISTRACTED DRIVING:


  1. Designate a Texter: 
    Borrow thumbs from a friend. Or lend yours to a friend. Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.
  2. Find Your App: An app can help you stop texting and driving. Download your fave and forget about it in the car.
  3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: When you're in the driver's seat, put your phone where you can't get it. A place where you won't even be tempted to look for it. No phone. No texting.
  4. Silence is Golden: Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you'll be to respond while you're driving.
  5. You should limit the number of passengers: Driving with friends can create a dangerous driving environment because novice drivers are focused on their friends rather than the road.
  6. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
  7. Make adjustments before your get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls andsound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.

 

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