America has a special occasion for so many different causes. If you look a little, you can probably find a special occasion for pretty much everything on a designated day, week, or month. For example, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which involves the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Several states that are covered in the NHTSA are working with state law enforcement agencies to ensure that distracted-driving laws are being enforced strictly and according to the letter of the law. The goal is to increase awareness regarding the danger of drivers using their phone while behind the wheel.
The beginning of the campaign
The beginning of the campaign consists of a nationwide, four-hour distracted driving enforcement and awareness program this month. The purpose of that program is to show that the entire nation is committed to enforcing the laws related to cell phone use (speaking and texting, which cause distracted driving) as well as a goal to decrease the number of accidents that are caused by distracted drivers. The ultimate goal is to prevent as many serious injuries and fatalities as possible.
NHTSA’s statistics show that between 2012 and 2019, there were 26,004 fatalities because of accidents that involved distracted drivers. Just in 2019, 3,142 people lost their lives in motor vehicles because of distracted drivers. Those 2019 statistics represent a ten percent increase over the year before. According to the NHTSA, that number was the biggest increase in numbers of deaths ever. Over time, the accidents due to distracted driving are getting worse. Younger people, who are much more inclined to use technology while driving, are behind those statistics.
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