The original item was published from April 7, 2021 6:44 PM to February 1, 2022 12:05 AM
With the warm weather we have been enjoying, there has been a noted increase in the number of vehicles and pedestrians out and about. This is a good time to regroup and remind everyone that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
While texting behind the wheel tops the list of what seems like endless distractions, other actions can prove to be just as unsafe. These include setting your navigation system while driving, changing radio stations, drinking coffee, applying makeup, dealing with the kids, and more. If you are driving distracted, you are depriving yourself of important seconds that may be needed to avoid a close call or a serious accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, distracted driving killed more than 3,142 people. NHTSA recommends these basic safety tips to assist you in driving safely:
If you need to send or read a text, pull over and park your car to do so.
- Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them to respond to calls and text messages for you.
- Do not scroll through social media while driving.
- Cell phone use while driving can be a difficult habit to break. If this is a challenge for you, consider placing your phone in the trunk, glovebox or backseat until you arrive at your destination.
Geneva Police officers will be out on patrol, focusing on distracted driving violations. Our goal, with your cooperation, is to reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents caused by those driving distracted. Thank you and please be safe.