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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In some places, including New Jersey, law enforcement will be cracking down on distracted drivers, particularly those holding their cell phones in their hands while using them.

In New York, you can use your cell phone if you aren’t holding it or using your hands to type a message. Although it’s legal to use a hands-free device, Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a time to spread the knowledge that even hands-free can be dangerous because it takes your attention away from the task of driving.

Cell phones are not the only sources of distraction that can lead to devastating car accidents. Other sources include:

  • Dashboard “infotainment” systems
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reaching for something on the floor

Anything that takes your eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving can lead to a distracted driving accident. Texting while driving – which is prohibited by New York law – is one of the most dangerous activities because it requires your hands, eyes and mind. Looking at a message or typing for just a few seconds takes your hands, eyes and mind away from the road long enough to cause a serious accident that could involve you, your passengers and other drivers, and possibly pedestrians or cyclists.

This month, spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Find informational materials and sign a pledge to drive cell phone free at the National Safety Council’s web page: www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/DDAM.aspx.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, New Windsor, Middletown or the surrounding areas, please contact Charles N. Rock, PLLC, for a free case evaluation and to learn more about our experienced accident attorney.
Category: Car Accidents
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