MORE WORKERS ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR IN MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES THAN ANY OTHER CAUSE.
Distracted driving is an epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. These statistics are increasing with every year that passes.
Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your focus off driving – putting yourself and others in danger. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic.
Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.
“It is well recognized that texting while driving dramatically increases the risk of a motor vehicle injury or fatality. We are asking employers to send a clear message to workers and supervisors that your company neither requires nor condones texting while driving.” David Michaels, PhD, MPH Assistant Secretary Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
As anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash can tell you, even one traffic fatality is one too many. We are committed to eliminating this unnecessary risk and strongly believe that no conversation or text is worth the potential danger.
- We encourage you to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with your family, friends and neighbors.
- If you would like more information about distracted driving visit the OSHA website.
- To learn more about how OSHA can help, visit www.OSHA.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month