7/9/09

Death by Cell Phone: If You Care, We Can Make a Difference

Driver inattention is a leading cause of traffic crashes, responsible for about 80 percent of all collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Considering crashes are the number-one cause of accidental death in the U.S., it is important to pay close attention to our driving habits and those of other drivers.

The National Safety Council is on a mission to:
Alert the American public that different kinds of distractions have different levels of crash risk. Talking on a cell phone and sending text messages are much higher risk activities that occur for longer durations and with more people than most other actions engaged in while driving.
Lead a change in our nation’s cultural norms, so people come to view cell phone conversations and text messaging while driving as unsafe and socially unacceptable. Calling for a legislative ban on these activities is the first step in a long-term process to educate Americans to their risk and change the culture.

David Teater and Jennifer Smith discuss the loss of their loved ones from distracted driving motor vehicle crashes and the need for drivers to stop using wireless devices while driving. The video also addresses the work the National Safety Council is doing to keep drivers safe.

To make a contribution to the National Safety Council, please visit ifyoucare.nsc.org.

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